A relatively easy day today

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Meeting with someone at 10AM to look at her camera setup and then a phone meeting at 4PM for a grant opportunity for our local arts group. Running a check to a local flooring supply company for 1,500 sq. ft. of pre-finished hickory. House is going to look gorgeous.

Working in the garage for the rest of the time - setting up the welding equipment for a couple of fun projects.

Something to consider - bubble-wrap

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Found on the intarwebs:

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Why did people vote for President Trump

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An excellent essay at American Thinker:

The Epic Donald
We voting Americans need to sort out our thinking and do so before next fall. I am so tired of hearing reasonable, intelligent people express anti-Trump attitudes based on truly flimsy grounds. A relative said to me that she’d never vote for Trump because “he’s an a**hole.” I have had other people voice similar concerns in more genteel terms -– they don’t like his tweeting, his braggadocio, his unpredictability. Okay, okay. At first, I didn’t either.

Now, it’s true that Trump can be a jerk. But so was Julius Caesar. So was Winston Churchill. So was George Patton. For that matter, so was King David, who was appointed by God to be king of Israel, and who was that country’s best king despite his dalliance with Bathsheba and his setting up her husband for certain death on the battlefield. David’s multiple wives and their offspring caused much upheaval in the country, but David, whom history still regards as a great king, brought peace and prosperity to his country throughout most of his lengthy reign.

Perhaps it would clarify things if we were to define our terms and priorities. Is greatness usually measured by hairstyle? By smooth talk? By delicate sensibilities? What are the attributes of a truly great man? What does tradition tell us?

I’m an English teacher, so I think in literary terms. Let’s look to the “epic hero” to find a standard for the epitome of human greatness. It seems to me that a person who would willingly take on the leadership of the greatest, wealthiest nation on earth would qualify as either a madman or a hero. Agreed? Reach back to your college lit class –- what are the official attributes of an epic hero?

    1. An epic hero has to be involved in a battle of epic proportions and he has to be winning that battle.
    2. An epic hero has to be strong physically and mentally.
    3. He has to be wise, fearless, and tenacious.
    4. He needs to be kind to women, children, and the poor.
    5. He has to be of the aristocracy –- the butler never rises to the rank of epic hero.
    6. He has to be selfless, risking his life for others.
    7. An epic hero is honest, saying directly what is on his mind.

Is that such a different list from what any country would want for a president?

The author then goes through each point (with specific examples) and concludes with the following:

I know -- Trump is odd. I have no idea why his skin is that color. His Elvis hair is a total wonder, though I have to admit I’m growing fond of it. His speech cadences are noticeably non-Ivy-League. He repeats himself. He says, “I can tell you that much,” much too often. He tweets -- aggressively. But nowhere in literature is the hero expected to be cocktail-party sophisticated. Nowhere does it say he can’t be eccentric. After all, most truly great people are.

Nails it. Yes, he is not your usual politician - groomed and cossetted. We do not want one of those now - they have failed us and we need a breath of fresh air. President Trump is that breath of fresh air.

As BREXIT starts to work its magic

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The liberals are running around with their hair on fire. From The Guardian:

UK to close door to non-English speakers and unskilled workers
Britain is to close its borders to unskilled workers and those who can’t speak English as part of a fundamental overhaul of immigration laws that will end the era of cheap EU labour in factories, warehouses, hotels and restaurants.

Unveiling its Australian-style points system on Wednesday, the government will say it is grasping a unique opportunity to take “full control” of British borders “for the first time in decades” and eliminate the “distortion” caused by EU freedom of movement.

But industry leaders immediately accused the government of an assault on the economy warning of “disastrous” consequences with job losses and closures in factories and the high street.

Excellent move - want to immigrate to England? FIne. What skills do you bring? Do you speak English?

I find nothing wrong with that - too many people moved with their only skills being life on the dole and having babies (who spend their lives on the dole). This ends now or there will be nothing left for anyone in 50 years.

They should have asked first - the Royals

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Looks like Meghan and Harry are going to have to have their stationary reprinted. Re-branding is expensive.
From the London Daily Mail:

Queen BANS Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from using lucrative 'Sussex Royal' brand that they hoped to use to build new lives because 'they simply cannot sell themselves as Royals’

    • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website and their hugely popular Instagram feed
    • Couple sought to register Sussex Royal as global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and social-care services
    • Also looked to set up a new charitable organisation – Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
    • But the Queen and senior officials are believed to have agreed it is no longer tenable for Harry and Meghan to keep the word 'royal' in their 'branding'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex must drop their 'Sussex Royal' label after deciding to step down as working royals.

Following lengthy and complex talks, the Queen and senior officials are believed to have agreed it is no longer tenable for the couple to keep the word 'royal' in their 'branding'.

Harry and Meghan have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a new Sussex Royal website to complement their hugely popular Instagram feed.

They have also sought to register Sussex Royal as a global trademark for a range of items and activities, including clothing, stationery, books and teaching materials.

In addition, they have taken steps to set up a new charitable organisation: Sussex Royal, The Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

It has now been made clear that they will need to 're-brand'.

Didn't they have anyone advising them? I bet they did and I bet they ignored that poor sod because it wasn't the "no problem" they were looking for. Their fifteen minutes are rapidly ticking away. Meghan who?

The end game of socialism in Venezuela. Strip the last bits of cash from the carcass. From Breitbart:

Venezuela’s Maduro Announces Permanent War Games Against Trump
Socialist Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro announced late Monday that he would order “surprise” war games to plan for attacks against the United States on a “permanent” basis following the conclusion of the latest exercises.

Maduro, who ceased being the legitimate head of state of Venezuela in January 2019, regularly claims that Washington is planning a military invasion against him, or that it has orchestrated various alleged assassination attempts to remove him from power. Maduro had ordered the organizing of “Bolivarian Shield 2020” exercises last week to prepare for alleged upcoming “terrorism” on the part of the United States.

“I hereby announce that the ‘Bolivarian Shield 2020’ military exercises will remain active and we will surprise,” Maduro said on Monday, in public remarks meant to commemorate the end of the war games. Maduro spoke alongside senior military leaders while wearing combat fatigues. “From today on, we will not announce the date of the military exercises nor the region.”

The guy is insane. He has lost it. He is totally out of touch with reality. I feel sorry for his citizens. Living in abject poverty as he tries to prop up a failed state.

Title? 1984

Coronavirus - some great advice

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A lonig but excellent post on how to minimize your chance of catching Coronavirus or any other disease (Common Cold, flu, etc...) From Bayou Renaissance Man:

Coronavirus, breathing masks, and respirators: the facts
There's an awful lot of hype circulating about breathing masks, respirators, and protection against the current coronavirus epidemic.  Most of the articles are not scientific or factual - they're more like hyperbole and hysteria.

In particular, current stocks of surgical masks and disposable respirators available to the general public have been largely exhausted, and a number of vendors are reporting that they don't know when (or even whether) they'll be able to get stock again.  That's complicated by the fact that most such masks are made in China, which last week was said to have declared them a "strategic national resource".  (I can't find a first-hand report about that, only third-party references to it;  but it sounds likely, under present circumstances.)  Translation:  they'll be keeping all they can make, and won't be exporting any for the foreseeable future.  If true, that means serious trouble for institutions like hospitals, doctors' and dentists' surgeries, etc., who rely on them for basic medical hygiene as well as protection against infectious diseases.

The pity is, there's no real need for such a shortage to exist.  Surgical masks and respirators are not the first line of defense for the general public against coronavirus or any similar epidemic.  There are many basic precautions we should observe to protect ourselves, such as this list from Dr. John Campbell (see the video from which it's taken here - it contains useful information).

Excellent facts and a good checklist. Something to add to your situational awareness.

The Japanese economy

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It goes through the usual boom and bust cycles - people never learn. It was doing great and then some politicians decided to tap some of that business energy for their own pet projects. They raised taxes. From CNN:

Japan's economy is shrinking and a recession looks 'all but inevitable'
Japan's economy is flirting with recession, and the novel coronavirus could push it over the edge.

The world's third-largest economy shrank 1.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to a government estimate released Monday. The decline from the third quarter is the biggest contraction since 2014.

The drop was even more severe — a 6.3% plunge — when measured as an annualized rate.

The fact that growth slowed in the three months to December wasn't a surprise. Analysts had been expecting as much as the country absorbed a sales tax hike and grappled with the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, a powerful storm that hit the country last fall.

Want my 2¢ - get rid of the sales tax, cut corporate taxes by 10% and stand back. Watch what happens. Taxes are not a source of free money - there are always economic consequences to imposing them.

Bernie the innumerate was in Seattle yesterday. From The Bellingham Herald:

Thousands turn out to see Bernie Sanders at the Tacoma Dome
On a crisp blue-sky Presidents Day afternoon, fans of Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders arrived early to line up for his free rally Monday at the Tacoma Dome.

The Dome eventually would fill to capacity with an audience eager to cheer on the Democratic candidate for president later that evening.

Danny Mulligan from Philadelphia played bluegrass tunes with a few friends outside. They changed a handful of lyrics to fit some of Sanders’ trademark policies.

And, of course, Danny was pure Astro-turf - not a local, flown in from out of state:

He works for a health insurance company in Philadelphia...

I would love to know the actual attendance. The Tacoma Dome seats 23,000 people. Thousands turned out? How many thousands? Three thousand? Five? Ten? President Trump routinely has standing-room only crowds for his rallies. Even his overflow crowd is SRO.

I think that if the stadium was full, there would be photographs accompanying the article showing this.

The joys of single-sourcing

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You never want to have only one source for critical components. Witness this with Apple:

Investor update on quarterly guidance
As the public health response to COVID-19 continues, our thoughts remain with the communities and individuals most deeply affected by the disease, and with those working around the clock to contain its spread and to treat the ill. Apple is more than doubling our previously announced donation to support this historic public health effort. 

yadda yadda yadda and then:

As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to two main factors.

The first is that worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated.

And to make matters more interesting:

The second is that demand for our products within China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed. Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic.

Events like the Kung Flu have repercussions that ripple through everything. If Apple also manufactured in the Phillipenes or Viet Nam, there would not be this problem. Always keep options for sourcing your materials.

If at first you don't succeed - sparklers

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From Associated Press:

Technicality extinguishes sparkler record attempt in Wyoming
An attempt in Wyoming to break a world record for the most sparklers lit simultaneously failed on a technicality.

Guinness World Records officials ruled each participant was required to light his or her own sparkler during the attempt in Gillette, The Gillette News Record reports.

The attempt in August was part of the Pyrotechnics Guild International’s 50th annual convention.

The event had an apparatus for lighting multiple sparklers, which was built by students and instructors at Gillette College. Volunteers with torches lit sparklers and distributed them to participants.

Sad that they did not get the certification. I love the fact that there is a Pyrotechnics Guild International - now that would be a fun conference to attend. Ka-boom! Their next convention is in Fargo, ND... Hmmm... 

Cold morning

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Clear skies so radiation cooling - got down to 27°F last night. Got space heaters running in the two rooms we are painting so they are nice and toasty. Heading down to build a fire and get the rest of the house warmed up. Starting work at 9AM and it is going to be a busy day.

Circumstantial evidence but if it walks like a duck...  From the London Daily Mail:

Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from Wuhan wet fish market

    • Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology concludes that 'the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan'
    • It points to research on bats and respiratory diseases carried by the animals at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and the Wuhan Institute of Virology
    • WCDC is just 300 yards from the seafood market and is adjacent to the hospital

Chinese scientists believe the deadly coronavirus may have started life in a research facility just 300 yards from the Wuhan fish market.

A new bombshell paper from the Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology says that the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WHCDC) could have spawned the contagion in Hubei province.

'The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,' penned by scholars Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao claims the WHCDC kept disease-ridden animals in laboratories, including 605 bats.

Needless to say, more as it happens. This is really testing the resilience of the communist form of government. It will be interesting to see how China fairs as a nation. They have no real financial reserves - they spend everything as fast as they make it. Shutting down the factories like this is going to cripple their economy.

The paper by Drs. Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao has been deleted from their Chinese sources but copies can be found here and here

Took a bit longer than planned

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Two of the committee chairs tend to run long so it was difficult to get them to shut the fsck up in a graceful manor. Still, we covered a lot of material and got done in less than 90 minutes. Some of these meetings have run to three hours so I think I came out ahead... Surf a bit, read for a while and then to bed.

A few errands

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Checking the mail, getting a bite to eat and then a meeting. The Pres is out and as V.P., I will be running it. I like short meetings so this should take less than an hour.

A fun list

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Was looking for something else and found this. From InfoGalactic:

List of unusual units of measurement
An unusual unit of measurement is a unit of measurement that does not form part of a coherent system of measurement; especially in that its exact quantity may not be well known or that it may be an inconvenient multiple or fraction of base units in such systems. This definition is deliberately not exact since it might seem to encompass units such as the week or the light-year which are quite "usual" in the sense they are often used; if they are used out of context, they may be "unusual", as demonstrated by the Furlong/Firkin/Fortnight (FFF) system of units.

Fun stuff there.

One more day - painting

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L headed back to her client. I have a meeting tonight so going our seperate ways today.

One more full day for painting plus another bit of touch-up and molding, etc... The paint was billed as Single Coat but it really benefits from two - surface finish, leveling. I like painting so this is not a problem and was expected. Do the final major coat tomorrow. Meeting with someone later and have an online event at 2PM so another full day. Fun times.

Surf for a bit and then out to run some errands.

Just wonderful - Kung Flu

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From Hawaiian station KHON:

Couple from Japan later diagnosed with coronavirus took Delta Airlines flight
A couple from Japan who later tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) flew on a Delta Airlines flight when they left Oahu, according to the airlines.

Delta said that Flight 611 was from Honolulu to Nagoya on February 6, 2020.

The airline said that they’re working with public health officials, like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local Japanese authorities.

You can be contageous without showing symptoms for about two weeks (some people have said 25 days). Not good.

Wonderful news from Virginia

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From the Washington Examiner:

Bloomberg’s gun ban rejected in Virginia with Democratic help
Despite spending millions to turn Virginia’s legislature blue and a last-minute visit to Richmond, Democrats in the Senate turned back presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg’s top goal in the state of banning “assault weapons.”

In a lopsided 10-5 vote, the state Senate Judiciary Committee killed any advancement this year, pushing the legislation off for a year.

A politicians job is to represent their constituents. If they do not, they get voted out and a new pol is hired for the job.

Their work is not done yet - there is a need to stay vigilant:

While the state legislature has approved several Bloomberg-pushed gun control measures, the bill, HB961, killed today in Richmond was the top goal. It would have banned the sale of AR-style semi-automatic rifles, the most popular rifle in the United States. It would also have banned suppressors and large ammo magazines.

Gun ban bill defeated! This morning the VA Senate Judiciary Committee voted to table HB 961 for 1 year. Three sheriffs were present: myself, Sheriff Vaughn, and Sheriff Helton. Our 2A patriots sent a message, loud and clear, on these bills. We cannot rest, however. Other bills remain. pic.twitter.com/P9koC8aCPD target="_blank"

Nice to see the pendulum swinging back to conservatism.

Another day in paradise - painting

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Finishing painting the two rooms today - looking really good. Flooring next and then touchup and molding. Making the molding myself from some maple - got a router table.

Coffee first. L is coming over at 10AM

And that is it for me for the evening

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No more spew tonight - tired...

UPDATE BELOW: Race delayed one day - rain

He and Melania were at the Daytona 500 race today - flew in, buzzed the field in Air Force One, delivered the Grand Marshal's Speech and proceeded to pace the field in The Beast - his Presidential Limousine.

Such a difference between him and Obama. People like Bernie or Fauxcahontis simply do not "get it"

Tip of the hat to Vanderleun

UPDATE: From FOX News:

Daytona 500 postponed to Monday afternoon following rain delays
NASCAR officials postponed the Daytona 500 to Monday afternoon, following a series of rain delays shortly after President Trump appeared at the race, told drivers to start their engines and rode a ceremonial parade lap in his presidential limousine, "The Beast," on Sunday.

The race will resume Monday at 4 p.m. ET, officials said.

The postponement came after two lengthy delays totaling over three hours. The first delay came moments after Trump's motorcade completed a ceremonial parade lap around the 2 1/2-mile track.

Good call - racing on wet pavement is an invitation for disaster.

Got paint on the walls and ceiling

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And almost none on the floors - how 'bout that!

Looks like we are going to have to do a second coat to get the quality of finish I am looking for - I am using some intense colors in the music room. Here is a sneak peek:

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The room is 14' long and about 10' wide. The red wall will have my keyboards and synthesizer equipment. The blue wall will have the signal processing racks as well as the computer and editing desk. Red for passion and fire, blue for creativity and cerebral. Looks really good and felt right when putting it on.

Bedroom is much simpler - a cool white for the ceiling (the ceilings are low so I wanted to de-emphasize that) and a warm natural color for the walls.

Heading out for a while

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L is busy this morning - coming over at 2PM to work with me on the painting. I am heading out in a few minutes to check the mail, get coffee and some stuff for dinner.

Clever thought

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From Kevin Kelly at Cool Tools:

Easier to find
If you are looking for something in your house, and you finally find it, when you’re done with it, don’t put it back where you found it. Put it back where you first looked for it. — KK

So true

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From Chris Lynch:

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Just no - please. Make them all go away

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From FOX News:

Bloomberg campaign downplays report he is considering Hillary Clinton as running mate
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign on Saturday downplayed a report that he is considering 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as his pick for vice president.

The Drudge Report, citing a source close to Bloomberg’s campaign, reported that Clinton was under consideration after internal polling found that a Bloomberg-Clinton ticket would be a “formidable force.”

If Mini-Me does manage to win the 2020 election, it will be with deep regret that I hear of his upcoming suicide by multiple gunshot wounds to the back of the head. Fortunately, President-For-Life and Big Sister Hillary will be sure to get to the bottom of this. Or not.

Interesting - the Chinese Kung Flu

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China is taking an interesting step to minimize the circulation of the Coronavirus - its bank notes.
From Channel New Asia:

China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread
China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said Saturday (Feb 15).

Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for seven to 14 days - depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region - before recirculating them, China's central bank said at a press conference.

A very clever idea - whomever thought that up needs to get a promotion.

Done for the day - paint

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Finished getting the second coat of primer on and then headed up to the Home Depot to get the final paint for the rooms.

Going to look nice - using some strong primaries on two of the walls in the music room. Photos to follow in a month.

Stopped at the flooring store - finalizing the order for the whole house. Had Thai food for lunch - both so hungry that we just sat in my van down by the river (actually, overlooking this park: Skagit Riverwalk) and devoured it.

Putter around in the garage for a couple of hours... We will be painting tomorrow.

And that is it for a while

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Busy morning - putting on second coat of primer and heading out to get finish paints. Got some nice colors picked out. Music room is going to be very vibrant.

Nothing online catches my eye. Same stuff, different day.

From the United States Department of Education:

U.S. Department of Education Launches Investigation into Foreign Gifts Reporting at Ivy League Universities
The U.S. Department of Education announced today it is launching investigations into both Harvard and Yale Universities after it appears both Ivy League higher education institutions potentially failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign gifts and contracts.

In recent weeks, the Department discovered Yale University may have failed to report at least $375 million in foreign gifts and contracts, choosing not to report any gifts and contracts over the last four years.

The Department is also concerned Harvard University may lack appropriate institutional controls over foreign money and has failed to report fully all foreign gifts and contracts as required by law. This comes after Dr. Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was indicted for lying about his involvement with the Chinese government’s Thousand Talents Plan and admitting that Harvard lacks adequate institutional controls for effective oversight and tracking of very large donations.

“This is about transparency,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “If colleges and universities are accepting foreign money and gifts, their students, donors, and taxpayers deserve to know how much and from whom. Moreover, it’s what the law requires. Unfortunately, the more we dig, the more we find that too many are underreporting or not reporting at all. We will continue to hold colleges and universities accountable and work with them to ensure their reporting is full, accurate, and transparent, as required by the law.”

Section 117 of the Higher Education Act requires American Title IV-eligible colleges and universities to report gifts from, and contracts with, any foreign source that exceed $250,000 in value and to disclose any foreign ownership or control, twice each year.

There is a reason the liberals cried when she was appointed. She is going to take away their slush funds and kick over their rice bowls. They might actually have to start relying on their tuition income to make ends meet. And, obeying the law.

The title of the post? Mos Eisley of course.

New rulings for drone and drone pilots

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In short - some really well thought out and others? Really stupid and they suck. From Digital Photography Review:

Opinion: New rules proposed by the FAA are a threat to drone pilots – including photographers
The FAA is proposing new rules related to flying drones in the US, and if you fly drones – including for photography – these rules WILL affect you. In this article, I'll look at the implications of the proposed rule changes and how you can comment on them before the FAA makes them final.

The day after Christmas, the drone industry was finally gifted the long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones), and what the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) presented was a shock to many commercial and recreational remote pilots, alike. The government agency completely ignored recommendations from all 74 industry stakeholders that make up the Aviation Rulemaking Commitee (ARC), which is concerning.

The drone industry needs Remote ID, the concept that every drone should have a digital license plate, to move forward. Having a uniform system in place to identify unmanned aerial vehicles in national airspace is imperative for the safe operation of every aircraft sharing the skies. It will also enable more complex operations including flights at night, over people, and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Remote ID is a step in the right direction but, unfortunately, the FAA has proposed costly, privacy-violating rules that will at first stifle, and then eventually crush, the potential of a burgeoning industry.

I'm not going to summarize every section of the 87-page (the original was 319) document in one article as it goes far beyond the scope of what most DPReview readers want to digest. Instead, I'll cover some of the main points of concern and, finally, offer suggestions and resources for leaving an effective comment for the FAA if you're one of the nearly 1.2 million registered drone users in the U.S. If you're prepared to make your voice heard, comment HERE.

Much more at the site.

I am a registered drone operator - love it. Plan to make my comment heard. Parts of these rulings are needed and are well thought out. Other parts come from the foetid swamp of a bureaucrats mind - specifically, a bureaucrat whose last contact with the real world was in grade school. Not so good and needs to be stomped to the ground so they never try that crap again.

The baddest man in the world

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Looks like we have a real special kind of stupid over on the next island.
From Jessie Stensland writing in the Whidbey News-Times:

Man arrested after low-speed, nighttime bicycle pursuit
A man who led a deputy sheriff on a very slow-speed pursuit on his bicycle at night is facing criminal charges, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Spencer T. Tlougan, a 22-year-old Minnesota resident, in Island County Superior Court Feb. 5 with two counts of assault in the third degree.

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office was driving on State Highway 20 near Libbey Road just before 9 p.m. on Feb. 1 when he saw a bicyclist dressed in black riding on the narrow shoulder of the road. The deputy saw another vehicle narrowly avoid striking the bicyclist.

The deputy activated the emergency lights on his patrol car and told the rider over his PA to stop, but the bicyclist pedaled faster. The deputy followed the bicyclist as he continued traveling north, occasionally looking back at the deputy, according to the deputy’s report on the case.

The bicyclist, later identified as Tlougan, finally stopped in the San de Fuca area, dismounted and threw the bike at the patrol car, the deputy wrote.

Tlougan took “a fighting stance” as the deputy exited his car.

“He told me his name was Paul Walker and he was the baddest man in the world and he was going to beat me up,” the deputy wrote.

The deputy saw that Tlougan was holding metal knuckles, which he appeared to be about to throw at him. The deputy deployed a Taser, which struck Tlougan and caused him to fall to the ground.

Tlougan continued to be aggressive as other deputies and paramedics arrived. He kicked a deputy during a struggle and was placed in a leg hobble but was able to get out of it on the way to jail. He violently kicked the partition in the patrol car and threatened to burn down the deputy’s house and kill him, the report states.

Tlougan appeared in court Feb. 2 and his bail was set at $20,000.

Maybe something in the water over there?

Submitted for your consideration:

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Quid pro Joe's latest strategy

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Scaping the bottom of the barrel - from The Babylon Bee:

Struggling Biden Campaign Now Offering One Month Of Free AOL For Rally Attendance
Joe Biden's campaign is struggling to motivate younger voters, but he has a plan: offering free AOL trials to anyone who shows up to his rallies.

"Come on by, say hi to uncle Joe, and grab one of our free AOL CDs," Biden says in an ad for his campaign tour. "You know, the great thing about AOL is that you get so many hours of internets. Only squares use Compuserve, Prodigy, or MSN. We're keen on America Online!"

The campaign has warned that it's first come, first served, so you'd better hurry if you want to experience the lightning-fast speeds of AOL's 56K dial-up service.

"I love America Online," Biden continued as he booted up his Windows 98 PC. "Every time I hear that grinding, beeping sound while trying to get on the internet, I just know that I'm about to experience the world wide web at a rate of one web page per hour."

I can't wait for President Biden to lead us into the 1980's

Now this will be fun - President Trump

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From the New York Times:

Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities
The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement.

The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York to boost the enforcement power of local Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, according to two officials who are familiar with the secret operation. Additional agents are expected to be sent to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit and Newark, N.J.

The move reflects President Trump’s persistence in cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities, localities that have refused to cooperate in handing over immigrants targeted for deportation to federal authorities. It comes soon after the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security announced a series of measures that will affect both American citizens and immigrants living in those places.

As liberal hair catches fire in 3... 2... 1...

Looks like our President is simply enforcing the laws that are on the books.

And done for the day

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L is back at her client's house for the evening - we put in a solid day of work and are planning several more. Got some fun projects lined up - she expressed interest in metalwork and I have a couple of welding projects... 

Surf a bit and back to work for me.

In the real world, not on their little screens. From Breitbart:

U.N. Seeks Climate Policy Advice from Mobile Video Game Players
The United Nations (U.N.) launched a push Thursday to engage mobile video game players around the world and ask their input and advice to guide its ongoing “climate change” policies.

Mission 1.5 is the title of the campaign that aims to, “bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious climate action.” It is being developed by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP).

Unreal - how about unplugging the screen and going outside with a thermometer. Take some measurements and see what is actually happening. HINT: It is quite a bit different than what you are seeing in your "computer model".

Stunning observation at Breitbart:

Coronavirus Outbreak Exposes China’s Monopoly on U.S. Drug, Medical Supplies
The coronavirus outbreak has exposed the United States’ dangerous dependence on China for pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including an estimated 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients needed to produce drugs in the United States.

The economic repercussions of the coronavirus reveal the dangers of allowing one country to have a near monopoly on global manufacturing, David Dayen explains in an article at the American Prospect:

China is a source of not only finished goods, but also of input parts and raw materials. A substantial number of the materials needed for defense and electronic systems come from China, and that nation is “the single or sole supplier for a number of specialty chemicals,” according to a recent Defense Department report. Rare earth minerals, which are critical to electronics, are largely mined in China. As a result, Chinese disruptions don’t just hit Chinese manufacturing, they hit everyone’s. Automakers have already had to slow or shut down factories globally due to supply shortages.

This is not a good situation to be in - no options for second sourcing parts and goods. Good that we had a minor wake-up call -- the Kung Flu may be a killer but the plain old Flu is even worse in the USA.

Fantastic timing that Trump is in charge and will be for the next four years - he will get this fixed.

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Painting - primer today and then ceiling tomorrow. Still deciding on what to do for the walls.

L will be over in two hours to work with me. Not doing anything for Valentine's Day.

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