Upcoming auctions

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Two auctions are coming up in two weeks.

On the 18th is Vertical Concepts who manufactured parts for elevator systems. There are a few items that look interesting so I will probably drive to Mukilteo and attend.

On the 20th is JM Martinac Shipyard. Do not think I will be attending that one as there is nothing I can use. Still, Martinac is an old-skool shipbuilder in Puget Sound and I am tempted to go just to pay my respects. They did really nice work for a long time. Founded in 1929. Some history here, here and here.

Doxxing the Donald and his response

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Doxxing is the act of widely publishing someones private information - personal email or phone numbers with the intent of inconveniencing them or letting people know where they live.

The progressive website Gawker just published Donald Trump's personal cellphone number. And Donald nailed them - perfect retaliation - from The Blaze:

Gawker Published Donald Trump’s Number to Annoy Him — the Next Day, the GOP Candidate Made Sure Their Plan Backfired
A day after Gawker published his personal cellphone number, Donald Trump pulled out a trick of his own to get even.

The billionaire businessman and 2016 Republican presidential candidate tweeted out the number Tuesday to encourage his more than 3 million social media followers to give him a call.

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“Hi, this is Donald Trump and I’m running for the presidency of the United States of America,” Trump says in the greeting. “With your help and support, together, we can make America truly great again. Visit me on Twitter at @realdonaldtrump and check out my campaign website at www.donaldtrump.com. Hope to see you on the campaign trail. We’re going to do it.”

In other words, he turned Gawker’s stunt into a way to reach potential voters with the equivalent of a campaign ad.

That is how you do business. Take lemons and make lemonade. One of the comments was perfect:

Trump is like Tom Sawyer and Gawker is painting his fence ! ! !

Heh - Trump is living inside their head rent-free.

I have not been writing about these too much because they make me ill to my stomach.

Ran into this comment that chills my blood - I am paraphrasing;

Isn’t humanism gorgeous? Wait till our progressive buddies get to work on the elderly….who are perceived as dead weight and non-contributors to the collective.

This scares me - what with the much denied Obamacare Death Panels and now this - my Dad lived until 94 and I am in much better health than he ever was. What will I be facing 40 years down the road?

Release the minions!

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Took some time to release my 10,000 minions. Little wasps that predate on the common housefly. They don't attack the adults so we have about 20-30 days of dealing with those but it will be great to be finally done with them. It has been a bad summer. Spent 20 minutes walking around the property shaking the cocoons onto the ground near manure piles. Now we just let nature take its course.

I have another 5,000 arriving in September to catch the overwintering fly larvae.

All from Spalding Labs in Reno Nevada. So far, very happy working with them.

Back home again - bills paid

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The kids just left to go back to Bellingham. Jimmy has to work tomorrow morning.

Having left-over spaghetti for dinner tonight - trying out  a new bread for dinner. Par-baked and sealed in an Oxygen free package. Shelf-stable - pop in an oven for fifteen minutes and it is ready to go.

Working on the radio room for an hour or two until it is time for dinner. Moving the antenna to North/South orientation for a few days - see what I pick up. Planning to take it up to Artist Point in a few days.

My copy of Mark Levin's new book came in this afternoon. Number one at Amazon. Check out Plunder and Deceit

From The Hill:

Fifth Planned Parenthood video turns to 'intact' fetuses
A Planned Parenthood official discusses the procurement and cost of "intact" fetuses and altering abortion procedures to meet specific needs in a video released Tuesday by an anti-abortion group.

In the fifth of a series of videos from the Center for Medical Progress, a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses contributing to the organization's "diversification of the revenue stream" and the potential to "get creative" with conditions for procurement needs. The video was reportedly filmed in April at a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas.

"Just depending on the patient's anatomy, how many weeks, where it's placed in the uterus ... we're going to potentially be able to have some that will be more or less intact and then some that will not be," she says.

"But it's something that we can look at exploring how we can make that happen so we have a higher chance," she adds.

"And we've had studies in which the company, or in the case of the investigator, has a specific need for a certain portion of the products of conception and we bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this. So we deviate from our standard in order to do that.

"If we alter our process and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. I mean, it's all just a matter of line items," she says.

Just disgusting. These people are so wrapped up in their narrative that they lost touch with their souls - with what it means to be a human being.

Bills...

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Lulu and Jimmy and Jimmy's girlfriend Stephanie are at Silver Lake Park swimming. I am at my office doing much needed paperwork. Bills are backed up about a month so spending today writing lots and lots of checks.

Spent this morning getting in 140 bales of hay off the trailer and bucked into the barn. This is about half of what we will need for all of the critters.

Back to work...

Weather in the Pacific Ocean

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Hurricane Guillermo is now downgraded to Tropical Storm Guillermo and is passing to the North of the Hawiian Islands.

Not so much Super Typhoon Soudelor - from USA Today:

Earth's most powerful storm of the year roars across Pacific
Food, water, cots, generators, and other federal emergency supplies  were being rushed Tuesday from Hawaii and Guam to help Saipan after the Earth's most powerful storm of 2015 — Super Typhoon Soudelor — blasted through the tiny U.S. island in the Western Pacific.

The storm continued its violent march through the Pacific Ocean with sustained winds of more than 160 mph and gusts approaching 200 mph — the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said Tuesday.  The typhoon was taking aim at Taiwan, China and some of Japan's southern islands,  though it's expected to weaken to a Category 3 or 4 storm by then, the center said.

The "most powerful storm of the year" epithet is a bit much as we are just now at the beginning of the storm season - any storm will be the most powerful.

The US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) is the go-to place for updates and warnings.

Clearer heads are prevailing

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From the UK Independent:

Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.

In its place a "participation society" is emerging, in which people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets, with less help from the national government. 

 A bit more:

"The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form." 

More faster please. I am all for safety nets and helping people out of poverty but these should never be available as a lifestyle choice. There need to be strict guidelines and rules to follow if you want the government cheese.

First formed as the Revenue Cutter Service on August 4th, 1790 - the US Government merged five agencies to form the Coast Guard in 1915.

Lulu served with them - she was originally from California and they stationed her on Hawaii. She remained there for most of the time until her moving to Bellingham in 2010.

From a Texas Newspaper

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From a letter to the editor (it's the second letter - scroll down a bit) in the November 18, 2010 Waco, Texas Tribune:

Put me in charge of food stamps. I’d get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho’s, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.

Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I’d do is to get women Norplant birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine and document all tattoos and piercings. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol, smoke or get tats and piercings, then get a job.

Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a “government” job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the “common good.”

Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin their “self esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.

Hat tip to Denny at Grouchy Old Cripple for the reference.

Local knifemaker on TV

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From The Bellingham Herald:

Tumwater knife-maker is ‘Forged In Fire’ for History Channel
A Tumwater kitchen knife-maker will be making historical themed weapons on a History Channel reality show airing Monday.

Mareko Maumasi is one of four contestants on “Forged in Fire,” a show where bladesmiths compete against one another to create edged weapons.

Each weapon is tested by a panel of expert judges. In typical reality show mode, the contestants are eliminated one by one until the top blade-maker is left standing and $10,000 richer.

Maumasi’s day job is making culinary knives. Essentially, he’s a blacksmith who specializes in knife-making.

His clients, who pay up to $1,500 for one of his knives, range from professional chefs to enthusiasts who appreciate well made, custom knives.

“I consider myself a tailor of kitchen cutlery,” Maumasi, 30, said. “I talk to (clients) to understand who they are, what their experience is, as well what they are really trying to achieve.”

I have heard of Mareko but not met him. He studied with Bob Kramer who I have met a couple of times and taken some classes with him.

Climatologist Joe Bastardi has an excellent article at The Patriot Post:

All This for .01 Degrees Celsius?
As the president reveals his plan to reduce greenhouse gases to save us from an apocalyptic atmosphere, I wish to remind people of three things:

1.) The true hockey stick of the fossil fuel era: Global progress in total population, personal wealth and life expectancy.

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This is truly amazing. To show how fossil fuels played a roll in expanding the global pie, there are many more people alive today living longer and enjoying a higher GDP. One has to wonder if someone against fossil fuels is simply anti-progress. Ironic since many in the camp of anthropogenic global warming like to label themselves “progressive.” They’re certainly anti-statistic given something like this staring them in the face.

2.) The geological time scale of temperatures versus CO2.

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As much as I struggle, I can’t see the linkage. Maybe it’s like one of those books where you have to stare at it and cross your eyes to see the picture.

3.) EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted that the steps being taken would only prevent .01 degrees Celsius of warming, but it was the example that counted for the rest of the world.

This article sums that up pretty nicely.

This in addition to the fact that, in 2011, she admitted she did not know how much CO2 was in the atmosphere. And its lines of evidence for this are provably false!

Given the facts, I can’t help but wonder: Did policymakers ever take Economics 101, or a course in how to read a chart?

When I see simple questions that can raise doubts, if not outright debunk all this, it’s like watching the opening from the old Twilight Zone Series: “You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!”

Swiped in full as it is short and to the point. Obama (and McCarthy) are partisan hacks and need to be retired from public service. The damage they are doing to everyone on this planet is incalculable especially now that every indication points to an extended cool period.

Woke up around 6:30am, rolled over and went back to sleep for another hour or so. Woke up five hours later.  OOPS!

Needless to say, the shopping run ran late and I am just getting back from town. Got a couple steaks thawed out and marinating (salt pepper and olive oil with a bit of sugar to add a bit more caramelization).

Serving them up with a couple of baked spuds and homemade coleslaw.

Jimmy is coming out to help buck the hay tomorrow but the people with the trailer have not shown up yet. Oh well...

 

A pleasantly wasted evening

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Had dinner, gave Grace a taste or two of the Pot Roast so she now forgives me for not giving her the whole thing.

I had put in a full day so went out for a couple of pints at my local (five miles away). Finished the new Tom Clancy book - his estate has some excellent writers working for them. The second one out was a real dud but everyone after that has been very readable. The first after his death was from his last unfinished notes - completed by a ghost-writer.

Put on my Notary Public hat earlier today - closed the Business Center last January but kept most of my licensing and it is handy to have in this community.

Surf the Aether for a bit and to bed - shopping run tomorrow and then bucking hay.

Taking a break

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Clearing out the radio room to move in a bunch of the electronics stuff from the DaveCave(c) . Got a really nice electronics workbench (sloped shelf for test equipment, built in anti-static grounding, lots of ourlets, etc...) at auction about ten years ago and a decent collection of test and fabrication equipment. It will be nice to have everything together in one room (albeit small).

Breaking for dinner - finishing off the last of some pot roast with vegies and thick noodles. Grace will be hacked that there is only enough for me - no treats from that bowl...

Got the usual shopping run tomorrow so will not be up that late - want to get an early start as I have a flatbed of hay coming in tomorrow afternoon. I have the trailer for a day or two but want to get it back to its owners ASAP.

Heading out to the garden to pick a salad.

Heh - getting tired of her s%$#

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From The Daily Caller:

The Hillary Email Scandal Just Saw Its ‘Most Significant Legal Development To Date’
A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton and two of her top aides at the State Department, Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, to attest, under penalty of perjury, that they have turned over all official government records in their possession.

U.S. District Court judge Emmett Sullivan issued the bombshell ruling late Friday, hours after the State Department released its second batch of Clinton emails.

The ruling was issued in the matter of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department.

The most 'interesting' stuff is always released late on Friday. Gives the mainstream media a perfect excuse to ignore it for the weekend and forget about it by Monday morning.

More:

In his ruling, Sullivan ordered the State Department to “identify any and all servers, accounts, hard drives, or other devices currently in the possession or control of the State Department or otherwise that may contain responsive information.”

The State Department must also request that Clinton, Abedin and Mills “confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all responsive information that was or is in their possession as a result of their employment at the State Department.”

Looks like Judge Sullivan is getting tired of the royal runaround. If Hillary commits an act of perjury, this could tank her chance at the White House.

Of course, the mainstream media still has their knickers in a twist over Cecil the Lion.

Some cooking videos

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I present for your edification the Vegan Black Metal Chef Project.

Here is Episode 19 - Vegan German Potato Salad and Vietnamese Summer Rolls

 Fun series and good cooking ideas for the Vegans in your life.

 From the website:

The Vegan Black Metal Chef Project has 2 main purposes:

1) Help answer the question "what do vegans eat"/show vegan cooking in the most informative and fun way possible while making some great music to go along with it.

2) Help people bring consciousness to their lives and actions.

The first will be addressed with of course the videos and various articles under the "Feed Your Body" category.

The second will be addressed with a series of articles and videos under the "Feed Your Mind" category.

My Greatest wish is that you find this useful. Thank youall for all of the great support.

Good stuff!

This is how you do it - not so much

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In April of this year, I wrote about the credit card processing company Gravity Payments and how the owner was changing their minimum wage structure. I said:

More at the site - this is how you do it - the power of the free market and pure capitalism (as opposed to crony capitalism which is all to much in vogue these days).

Well, it seems that the free market has spoken and the word is not good. From the New York Times:

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared
There are times when Dan Price feels as if he stumbled into the middle of the street with a flag and found himself at the head of a parade.

Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and slashing his own million-dollar pay package to do it. He wasn’t thinking about the current political clamor over low wages or the growing gap between rich and poor, he said. He was just thinking of the 120 people who worked for him and, let’s be honest, a bit of free publicity. The idea struck him when a friend shared her worries about paying both her rent and student loans on a $40,000 salary. He realized a lot of his own employees earned that or less.

Yet almost overnight, a decision by one small-business man in the northwestern corner of the country became a swashbuckling blow against income inequality.

The move drew attention from around the world — including from some outspoken skeptics and conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, who smelled a socialist agenda — but most were enthusiastic. Talk show hosts lined up to interview Mr. Price. Job seekers by the thousands sent in résumés. He was called a “thought leader.” Harvard business professors flew out to conduct a case study. Third graders wrote him thank-you notes. Single women wanted to date him.

But all is not good in the Emerald City

While dozens of new clients, inspired by Mr. Price’s announcement, were signing up, those accounts will not start paying off for at least another year. To handle the flood, he has already had to hire a dozen additional employees — now at a significantly higher cost — and is struggling to figure out whether more are needed without knowing for certain how long the bonanza will last.

Two of Mr. Price’s most valued employees quit, spurred in part by their view that it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises. Some friends and associates in Seattle’s close-knit entrepreneurial network were also piqued that Mr. Price’s action made them look stingy in front of their own employees.

Then potentially the worst blow of all: Less than two weeks after the announcement, Mr. Price’s older brother and Gravity co-founder, Lucas Price, citing longstanding differences, filed a lawsuit that potentially threatened the company’s very existence. With legal bills quickly mounting and most of his own paycheck and last year’s $2.2 million in profits plowed into the salary increases, Dan Price said, “We don’t have a margin of error to pay those legal fees.”

The market has spoken. Economics is not a bloodless endeavor - for every action, there is an opposite reaction, often bloody, often unexpected. I am very happy with our dealings with Gravity Payments and I hope they can weather this bout of foolishness and continue giving the great service we have been used to.

Once again, socialism does not work - never has, never will. Its core premise is broken...

Happy Birthday - Milton Friedman

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The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old yesterday, July 31st.

John Hawkins writing at Town Hall has put together a list of top 20 quotes. Here is his opening and the first five:

In Honor of His 103rd Birthday, Here Are The 20 Best Quotes From The Late, Great Milton Friedman
Yesterday would have been the 103rd birthday of Milton Friedman, who was one of the most brilliant economists of the last century. In honor of Friedman, here are his 20 best quotes.

And the first five:

1) "I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office."

2) "If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."

3) "Indeed, a major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."

4) "There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income."

5) "Workers paying taxes today can derive no assurance from trust funds that they will receive benefits from when they retire. Any assurance derives solely from the willingness of future taxpayers to impose taxes on themselves to pay for benefits that present taxpayers are promising themselves. This one sided 'compact between the generations,’ foisted on generations that cannot give their consent, is a very different thing from a 'trust fund.' It is more like a chain letter."

 Fifteen more at the site - he was a brilliant mind with an ability for explaining complex things very clearly.

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