CNN in the news

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CNN has been shown to be a purveyor of Fake News and has been publicly called on it. Their reaction? From Real Clear Politics:

CNN Anchor: Trump Putting Journalists In Danger; "Declaration Of War On Media" Has "Emboldened" War Zones
CNN's Clarissa Ward, a foreign correspondent, served as guest co-host on Wednesday's broadcast of CNN's News Day. Ward fretted "people" in war zones have been "emboldened" by President Trump's "declaration of war on the media." Ward, expressing concern for members of the media in dangerous areas of the world, said to guest Chris Cillizza, 'I can only imagine what a person like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible?'

It should be noted Chris Cillizza is a Washington-based political correspondent and commentator.

And in other news, CNNs ratings are tanking - FOX News Channel is beating them to the ground and taking their lunch money - from TV Newser (AdWeek):


Oh, and James O'Keefe released his second CNN video - from Zero Hedge:

Project Veritas Exposes CNN's Van Jones: "The Russia Thing Is Just A Big Nothing Burger"
Yesterday, after dropping his first undercover CNN bombshell, which starred producer John Bonifield admitting that CNN's endless 'Russian meddling' crusade was "mostly bullshit" directed by the network's CEO Jeff Zucker with the sole intent of spiking ratings, Project Veritas' James O'Keefe promised there was more to come.  And, all we knew was that the subject of the second video would be "someone we all knew..."

As it turns out, that 'someone' is none other than CNN's Van Jones who inadvertently got caught revealing his true thoughts on CNN's 'Russian meddling' narrative, namely that the whole story is a "big nothing burger."

Heh - if they had been honest, this never would have happened.

Just back from town & dinner

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We had a power surge at the store and it caused problems with the back-end server that drives our point of sale system. Picked up two UPSs from Costco and will wire them in tomorrow. I was in Hardware Sales for some stuff and saw that they had Praying Mantis egg cases for sale so picked up three of them - should be fun as each case holds about 200 mantis eggs. Great predator for unwanted insects. Hanging one case by the fruit trees, another one in the garden and the third at the edge of the field near the stream - see what hatches out...

Had fish and chips at Graham's for dinner - nothing much for leftovers here. Killed the last of the pot roast a few days ago.

Garbage day tomorrow so got to get the trash wheeled out to the street.

Crazy people will be less inclined to shoot up a classroom of kids if there is the chance that the teacher will be armed. Makes perfect sense. From FOX News (the Non-Fake News channel):

Teachers packing heat: More educators taking gun training classes
Teachers across the country are moving to the head of the class when it comes to learning how to use a gun.

With mass shootings seemingly becoming common place in classrooms across the country, teachers are learning how fire grade-A shots and starting to carry weapons in class. It’s an attempt to better protect their students and prevent the next Sandy Hook Elementary School or Columbine High School shooting.

Nearly a third of the country, a total of 18 states, allows adults to carry a loaded gun on school grounds, with certain permissions. But ever since the Sandy Hook shootings in 2012, in which 20 children and six adults were shot dead, some states have pushed for safety training initiatives for teachers to learn how to properly fire a weapon and prevent any threats to the classroom.

Good news.

No trip down south for me

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I was planning to head South today to look at a camera lens but got an email that the previous person bought it. Oh well...

Heading out for coffee and then working at home today.

From The Seattle Times:

Elizabeth Warren: ‘The next step is single-payer’ health care
Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that opposing the Republican health-care bill wasn’t enough and the Democratic Party should start running on a new national single-payer plan.

“President Obama tried to move us forward with health-care coverage by using a conservative model that came from one of the conservative think tanks that had been advanced by a Republican governor in Massachusetts,” she told The Wall Street Journal. ”Now it’s time for the next step. And the next step is single payer.”

Massachusetts tried single-payer and it failed spectacularly with overall costs skyrocketing. There is no incentive for a hospital to keep costs low - there is no competition. England has its National Health Service and it too is failing with staffing shortages, exorbitant waiting times (hip and knee replacements have average wait times of over 100 days), a large number of unnecessary deaths - 1 in 28 - four times that of US Hospitals.

Single payer is the worst form of health care - if we think that the Veterans Hospitals are bad, wait until every hospital is just as bad. Open up the health care markets - bring in competition and we will see better care and lower costs.

From The Bellingham Herald:

The Willows Inn, luxury restaurant on Lummi Island, caught underpaying staff in labor investigation
The Willows Inn, a world-class restaurant on Lummi Island, violated federal labor laws by underpaying kitchen staff and requiring trainees to work for free in a month-long tryout for a job, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The upscale inn has earned glowing reviews from food critics for its luxurious, fresh, homegrown menu since 2011, when The New York Times named it one of “10 Restaurants Worth a Plane Ride.” To reach the Willows it takes a five-minute ferry ride across from the Lummi Peninsula, too, a journey that has become a pilgrimage for those willing to spend more than $200 per person for a 15-course meal.

Over the past two years, however, the restaurant has broken federal labor laws by underpaying staff, or having interns work menial jobs such as painting the buildings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

“The restaurant required entry-level kitchen staff known in the industry as ‘stages’ to work one month as a free try-out period before they were considered for paid employment,” according to a news release from the federal agency. “Once on the payroll, the kitchen workers were paid daily rates from $50 per day for up to 14 hours per day with no consideration of weekly overtime premium.”

At The Willows Inn, stages – pronounced staahj, from the French word stagiaire – would clean dishes, polish silverware, collect herbs, prepare vegetables, assemble dishes, clean the facilities, and paint the exterior of the buildings, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It’s common practice at high-end restaurants, though it’s illegal under U.S. labor laws, said Jeannette Aranda, director of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division office in Seattle.

The key problem is that normally, stages are working closely with the chef and are there to learn from them - this way, the chef can see if the applicant will fit in with the culture of the restaurant. Stages at The Willows Inn were expected to do drudge-work - washing dishes, painting the buildings, etc...

Dilbert on Health Care

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Dilbert creator Scott Adams writes:

The Only Way to Fix Healthcare Insurance in the U.S.
Our system of government has been amazingly robust for hundreds of years, but it fails when you have these two conditions:

    1. An issue is too complicated for the public to understand.
    2. Big companies are willing to distort the system for profits.

That situation describes the healthcare debate going on in the United States right now. Our undersized brains can’t grasp all the nuances and implications of any particular healthcare plan. And when our brains are confused, we default to our biases (usually party loyalty) or to whatever metric is simple enough to understand. With healthcare, the one metric that matters is how many people will be covered compared to Obamacare. If the Republican plan covers more people, it will pass. If not, it will fail.

A lot more at the site - this is a very well thought out post.

Back home again

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There is a Mexican restaurant in town that does Taco Tuesdays - $2 for a decent taco and another $2 for rice and beans. They have a buffet of toppings and salsas. Filled up my belly!

Time to surf for a bit and then an early bedtime - need to head to points South tomorrow to look at a possible Craigslist deal.

Nice day today - got up to 82.0°F at the house - high clouds and a little wind - perfect. Heading outside to water the garden.

Off to Bellingham for the day

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Finished a couple of projects at home so heading in to town to pick up a few things - probably get a bite to eat in town.

Coffee first. Blogging will resume much later tonight.

Fake News - CNN - undercover video

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James O'Keefe has done it again - here is the transcript of an undercover video with CNN Producer John Bonifield - Project Veritas:

Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN's Russia narrative.

"I mean, it's mostly bullshit right now," Bonifield says. "Like, we don't have any giant proof."

He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:

"It's a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss... All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you're just like, that's adorable. That's adorable. This is a business."

According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. "Trump is good for business right now," he concluded.

Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker:

"Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with that, let's get back to Russia."

Bonifield also acknowledged: "I haven't seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime." He continues:

"I just feel like they don't really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof."

"To report not on facts, but instead on narratives that yield high ratings, is exactly the definition of fake news," said James O'Keefe. "We said we are going after the media, and there is a lot more to come."

The video is at the link - I love that last bit: "and there is a lot more to come".  O'Keefe did this masterfully with his 2009 series on ACORN - he released a video, they denied it saying that it was just a few people in one office. He then proceeded to release seven more videos from seven different cities with the same activities.

The dead are voting in Virginia

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From Richmond, VA station WTVR:

Student headed to prison for registering dead voters for Democrats
A man paid to register Virginia voters prior to the 2016 Presidential Election will spend at least 100 days in prison for submitting the names of deceased individuals to the Registrar’s Office.

James Madison University student Andrew J. Spieles, 21, of Harrisonburg, pled guilty Monday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. As part of the plea agreement, Spieles agreed to a prison sentence of 100 to 120 days.

Spieles worked for Harrisonburg Votes when he committed the crime, according to acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.

Harrisonburg Votes is a political organization affiliated with the Democratic Party.

The democrat platform has nothing that people want so they have to resort to cheating, coercion and bribery (bread and circuses).

Interesting bit on Opioids

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There is a lot in the news about opioid addiction rising in the general population. Turns out this is Fake News - it is not the general population at all. From Kaiser Health News:

Patients With Mental Disorders Get Half Of All Opioid Prescriptions
Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually, according to a study released Monday. The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”

People with mental health disorders represent 16 percent of the U.S. population.

The findings are worrisome, the researchers reported. They had expected that physicians were more conservative in prescribing these painkillers to people with mental illness.

“We are prescribing way too much opioids,” said Dr. Brian Sites, an anesthesiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and one of the study’s researchers. “And that prescription behavior is resulting in significant morbidity in the country.”

Morbidity is the medical term for kicking the bucket - in this case via overdose. Why prescribe?

“The opioids are prescribed primarily for pain,” but patients with mental illness find that the drugs alleviate their mental issues too, said Dr. Edwin Salsitz, an attending physician in the Division of Chemical Dependency of Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York who was not involved in the study. And this, he said, is what can lead to long-term use.

And there you go - America's heroin problem wrapped up in a neat package with a little bow on the top. Prescribing opioids is the easy way to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness. I am surprised that these people only constitute 16 percent of the total population - there are a lot more registered Democrats out there... (rimshot)

Pure schadenfreude - from The Washington Post:

A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals
When Seattle officials voted three years ago to incrementally boost the city's minimum wage up to $15 an hour, they'd hoped to improve the lives of low-income workers. Yet according to a major new study that could force economists to reassess past research on the issue, the hike has had the opposite effect.

The city is gradually increasing the hourly minimum to $15 over several years. Already, though, some employers have not been able to afford the increased minimums. They've cut their payrolls, putting off new hiring, reducing hours or letting their workers go, the study found.

The costs to low-wage workers in Seattle outweighed the benefits by a ratio of three to one, according to the study, conducted by a group of economists at the University of Washington who were commissioned by the city. The study, published as a working paper Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, has not yet been peer reviewed.

A perfect example of doing what sounds good instead of doing what works. I had written about this before: here, herehereherehere, here, here, and here. The website for the study is here: The Minimum Wage Study

Doing a Google search is always an interesting metric. A search for " minimum wage fail " turns up 1,490,000 results.

Fake News - the consequences

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Interesting - from the New York Post:

New York Times bloodbath could include reporter jobs
Reporters at the New York Times could soon be “vulnerable” to the ax. If the ongoing round of voluntary buyouts being offered to editing staff does not get enough takers, the Gray Lady could begin another round, NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet recently warned his top department editors.

“Up until now, the company had not indicated that layoffs would happen if targeted numbers weren’t achieved,” Grant Glickson, president of the NewsGuild, told Media Ink.

As part of the NYT’s ongoing restructuring of its editing ranks, 109 copy editors have had their jobs eliminated. There are estimated to be about 50 new jobs available in the restructured editing operation that the Times envisions for its digital- and video-oriented future.

This is not the first cost-cutting measure by the NYT - back in December of 2016, they announced that they were leasing eight floors of their flagship building. They are on the wrong side of the public narrative. A couple more links:

From My Everett News:

Stuck Horn On Tug Keeps Everett Residents Awake started received messages early this morning about super loud horn or siren that was keeping folks awake on the hottest night of the year.
The sound was thought to be coming somewhere from the waterfront.

We checked with the Port of Everett this morning and they issued the following apology…

We apologize for the prolonged horn noise at the Port last night. One of our customers has been doing some finishing work on a new ocean-going tug boat, and the horn malfunctioned. Our customer has assured us they have remedied the issue.

Please accept our sincere apologies on the noise, the time it took to figure out how to turn off the horn and the fact that it happened on the hottest day of the year so far.

Les Reardanz
CEO Port of Everett

So there is your answer. Glad we could help. Were gonna go take a nap now.

Back home again - bills paid

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Lulu is back in Bellingham for a bunch of days spending time with her son.

Took delivery ten days ago of 10,000 wasps to replace the ones that Grace chewed up three weeks ago. Noticed today that they were hatching so spread them around the farm near poop piles. These predate on maggot larvae and are an amazing fly control. I start out with 50,000 in early spring and do a booster of 10K every couple of months. I get them from here: Spalding Labs - cost is about $100 for the whole year and well worth it.

Unpacking the trailer today. Not as hot as yesterday which is a relief.

Off for a while - coffee and bills

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Heading out for coffee, check the mail and pay some bills.

Back in a few hours.

Fake News - CNN

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CNN has become the poster boy for fake news - the latest from BuzzFeed:

CNN Deleted A Story Linking Trump And Russia, Then Issued A Retraction After Questions Were Raised
CNN late Friday deleted a story from its website that claimed Senate investigators were looking into a Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Trump’s transition team, later issuing a retraction in the story's place.

The now-deleted story, by investigative reporter Thomas Frank, was published Thursday and cited a single, unnamed source who claimed that the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into a "$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump's transition team four days before Trump's inauguration."

But by Friday evening, the story had vanished from CNN's website. It was not immediately clear when the story was removed, but a tweet linking to the story, from CNN's Politics account, was also deleted sometime Friday evening.

The Russians were never involved - it was a fabrication by the Democrats to justify surveillance of the Trump campaign. Of course, the Russians were great friends to the Obama administration and Hillary was very much on board too.

The workers paradise of Detroit

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Detroit is in serious financial trouble and they do crap like this - from Michigan Public Radio:

Detroit City Council approves $34.5 million in bonds for Detroit Pistons to move into new arena
The Detroit Pistons are one step closer to playing downtown again.

Despite backlash from some residents, Detroit city council has approved $34.5 million in bonds so the Pistons can move into the Little Caesars Arena downtown.

Some Detroiters are unhappy with the deal because the bonds are taxpayer funded with money originally intended for schools and parks.

Emphasis mine - a perfect example of Bread and Circuses - from the Infogalactic link:

 In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the generation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.

No word on what the school system or the parks department is saying.

President Trump's travel ban

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The Supreme Court agrees with the President - from FOX News:

Trump travel ban: Supreme Court reinstates key parts of executive order
In a victory for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Monday lifted key components of an injunction against President Trump's proposed ban on travel from six majority-Muslim nations, reinstating much of the policy and promising to hear full arguments as early as this fall.

The court's decision means the justices will now wade into the biggest legal controversy of the Trump administration -- the president's order temporarily restricting travel, which even Trump has termed a "travel ban."

Good news - we need to stop the stream of people coming into the USA. They move here, get on welfare and food stamps and contribute nothing to the economy. What is worse is that we have no idea who these people are - they come in with false documents. Time to put a hold on this for a while untill we can get better vetting methods.

Some people do not have a clue - either that or there are too many lawyers in Wisconsin. From the Milwaukie WI Journal Sentinel:

Whacked with a 4x4: Menards, Home Depot face lawsuits over descriptions of lumber size
Menards and Home Depot stand accused of deceiving the lumber-buying public, specifically, buyers of 4x4 boards, the big brother to the ubiquitous 2x4.

The alleged deception: The retailers market and sell the hefty lumber as 4x4s without specifying that the boards actually measure 3½ inches by 3½ inches.

The lawsuits against the retailers, would-be class actions, were filed within five days of each other in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys from the same Chicago law firm represent the plaintiffs in both cases. Each suit seeks more than $5 million.

The sheer cluelessness and/or stupidity astonish me. A bit more (Turin is the lawyer)

The cases name three plaintiffs — two against Menards and one against Home Depot.

The Menards plaintiffs bought their lumber at stores in Gurnee and Fox Lake, Ill., in November. The Home Depot plaintiff bought his lumber at a store in Palatine, Ill., in December.

As Turin described it, all three men wanted the lumber for home-improvement projects, got home and measured the pieces, felt they had been deceived and then turned to the law firm.

Asked whether it was coincidence that three different men found the same sort of issue with lumber first at Menards and then at Home Depot, and then all decided to go to McGuire Law, Turin said he couldn’t comment.

Someone is fishing and decided to invent some plaintiffs.

I like running a quick meeting. As part of the requirements for our state licensing, we have to hold monthly meetings. We have to have a quorum of board members in attendance, have to approve the written transcription of last months meeting, and have a Secretary report, a Treasurer report (for us, same person as Secretary) and an Engineers report. Tonight's meeting was nine minutes.

It helped that the building was not air conditioned and was about 90°F inside. I'll have to remember that - I know where the thermostat is and, like I said, I like quick meetings.

Fascism on display

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They call themselves Antifa (anti-fascism) but their propaganda and tactics are straight out of the brownshirt playbook of the 1940's. From Oregon's Willamette Week:

Portland Police Chief Says Antifa Protesters Used Slingshot to Launch Urine and Feces-Filled Balloons at Riot Cops
Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman said today that riot cops pushed antifascist and anarchist protesters out of downtown parks June 4 after the protesters used slingshots to launch balloons filled with urine, feces and unknown chemicals into police ranks.

Marshman also told Mayor Ted Wheeler in an open letter that much of the smoke seen as officers cleared Chapman Square wasn't released by police but by the left-wing protesters themselves. He says protesters "may have been using 'gopher gassers,' small rodent poison gas devices."

Marshman's allegations come in a response to Wheeler's June 13 list of five questions that demanded an accounting for police tactics at the dueling June 4 protests in downtown Portland.

Wheeler's questions followed criticism from protesters and the American Civil Liberties Union that the Portland police use of crowd-control weapons was out of proportion to the behavior of a handful of antifa protesters. (The "alt-right" protesters whose rally agitated both antifa and City Hall were hugely outnumbered, and they mostly contented themselves with taunting political enemies from behind police lines.)

Arrest them all - jail time will just make martyrs out of them but levying a nice stiff fine would help shut them up. If Mommy and Daddy don't pay, 1,000 hours of community service. The idea that this behaviour is a form of mental illness seems more and more correct each day. They are not getting educated in college, they are getting indoctrinated - big difference. Puppets and cannon fodder of the deep state elites.

Fscking hypocrite - from the UK Telegraph:

Greenpeace executive flies 250 miles to work
One of Greenpeace’s most senior executives commutes 250 miles to work by plane, despite the environmental group’s campaign to curb air travel, it has emerged.

Pascal Husting, Greenpeace International’s international programme director, said he began "commuting between Luxembourg and Amsterdam" when he took the job in 2012 and currently made the round trip about twice a month.

The flights, at 250 euros for a round trip, are funded by Greenpeace, despite its campaign to curb "the growth in aviation", which it says "is ruining our chances of stopping dangerous climate change”.

I know that Amsterdam is a gorgeous city but haven't these people ever heard of Skype? Greenpeace started out doing good work but they are now just another large Nongovernmental Organization sucking off the taxpayer teat.

LFTR Reactors

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Was talking this morning and the conversation turned to generating power - people had not heard about Thorium.

Here is an excellent five minute YouTube compilation:

Quite the auction - Radio Shack

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UBid Estate & Auction Services LLC is auctioning off 500+ items of Radio Shack memoribilia - some interesting stuff, quite the historical collection:


A lot of their older computers - TRS-80, Model 100 and 102 (I still have my Model 100 - it was great for writing and notetaking. Ran forever on a four AA batteries). They also have a lot of Allied Electronics catalogs - tempted to bid on one - they are currently at around $15 for a hardbound one of 400 pages.

End of an era - shows you what bad management can do to a wonderful corporation.

Did breakfast for the group - about 30 meals (some people went through the line more than once). Time to crank the air conditioning, pop open a beer and kick back for a little bit - got a water board meeting tonight. Left over Chinese food for dinner. Deal with the trailer tomorrow...

Great quote - Theodore Roosevelt

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From the wonderful Quote Investigator website:

From his May 1918 article titled “Lincoln and Free Speech” in Metropolitan Magazine:

PATRIOTISM means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him in so far as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth—whether about the President or about anyone else—save in the rare cases where this would make known to the enemy information of military value which would otherwise be unknown to him.

Roosevelt also wrote this in a 1918 article in The Kansas City Star:

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.

Those in the deep state would do well to heed his words. We The People certainly are...

Happy 70th - Flying Saucers

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From The Seattle Times:

‘Flying saucers’ became a thing 70 years ago Saturday with sighting near Mount Rainier
Before June 24, 1947, terms such as UFOs and flying saucers had not entered popular vocabulary. Then, on that afternoon 70 years ago, it all changed because of Kenneth Arnold:

“Supersonic Flying Saucers Sighted by Idaho Pilot.”

Arnold reported seeing near Mount Rainier nine “circular-type” objects flying in formation at more than twice the speed of sound.

His was the first widely reported UFO sighting in this country, and it set off a wave of other reported sightings.

I want to believe but I find it telling that the number of sightings has declined with the advent of cameras in phones and the rise in digital camera useage. As they say - Photo or it didn't happen...

Once more unto the breech

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Heading out to serve breakfast to a bunch of hungry ham radio operators. Dinner was a lot of fun and people really liked the food.

Got a water board meeting tonight - retirement sure is busy. Haven't worked this hard since I can remember... At least my schedule is clear until July 11th - that whole week is nutz.

A quick run-around on the internet

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and nothing really catches my eye. Heading over to YouTube for a bit and then an early bedtime - physically tired.

Back home again - fun and games

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I packed the trailer and hooked it up to the truck and we proceeded to head out to the field day. Ran over a bump in the road and the receiver popped off the ball and the trailer was dragged for a few yards by the safety chains. The lift on the hitch was folded over and the truck tire jack was not able to lift the trailer fork high enough to get it reattached.

Fortunately, a passing neighbor gave Lulu and run down to the store where she got the store truck, drove it back to me and I drove it to the house to pick up a mechanics jack. Came back and got everything fixed. Ran about 90 minutes late with everything though - people were getting hungry and it take a good 45 minutes to get set up and up to temp. Everyone really liked the food so that was a lot of fun.

Back home - doing the same thing tomorrow morning - breakfast at 9:00AM - hash browns, bacon and scrambled eggs. Using the potato starch trick to get nice and fluffy eggs.

Legislation in Seattle

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Glad I left when I did - the loonies have taken over. From Zero Hedge:

Since Seattle Placed A Tax On Guns And Ammunition, The City's Violent Crime Rate Has Increased
In recent years, Seattle has developed a reputation for passing asinine laws. Recently the city tried to increase taxes on diet soda, because the drink is more popular among white people. In the past they’ve allowed 6th graders to receive IUDs without parental consent, and have enlisted garbage men to snoop through residential trash in search of compost that is illegal to throw out. Seattle was also the first American city to pass a $15 minimum wage law, which promptly hurt low wage workers.

So it’s no surprise that sometimes the city passes laws that backfire in very predictable ways. In 2015 Seattle tried to place a tax on gun and ammunition purchases, in an effort to curb some of the costs the city pays for gun violence. However, these taxes didn’t have the desired effect.

Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced the tax in 2015. It puts a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and up to 5 cents per round of ammunition. The measure easily passed and took effect January 1, 2016.

Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.

Pass another law - that will fix it for sure... Idiots.

A blast from the past

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Before Facebook, there were Bulletin Board Systems, before BBS's, there was Usenet. Here is an amazing rant from Steve Harris from 1998:

Yeah, but that's only because as a society we've become effete and
lost the will to try new things just for the hell of it. In the 60's
they were trying things like nuclear propulsion, and they were walking
on the moon. Then, something horrible happened in the early 70's. I
grew up then, and I could FEEL it. I'm still trying to figure out
exactly what it was, but I think what it was, was a generation of kids
who grew up with television instead of playing with gizmos, and who got
into power and then just turned our society into a big mess of
paperwork and lawyering, because paperwork was all they'd ever learned
to do. When I look at the physiology research done in the 60's, it
takes my breath away. The creativity of it! The things they did! I
find my "new" ideas all the time in papers done in the 1960's, but they
never went anywhere (perfusion of organs with fluorocarbones to cool
them, for example). One guy (the same guy in fact), before heart lung
machines, repaired the hearts of babies by surgically cross-connecting
them to the circulation of adult humans, who volunteered in order to
save a life. Where has that kind of courage gone? Where are the
Yeagers and the Goddards and the Microbe Hunters? How come the heros
of our movies are no longer Micky Rooney or Spencer Tracy playing
Thomas Edison, or Paul Muni playing Erlich or Pasteur, instead Val
Kilmer playing Jim Morrison and Woody Harrelson playing Larry Flint?
And movies whose heros are lawyers. Arggh. I don't care if it is Tom
Cruise or John Travolta. And the rest of the movies seem to be
re-creations of 60's TV shows.

Paperwork and lawyering. Fixing and improving and advancing society
by talk-talk, not building. A lawyer president and his lawyer wife.
Crises of power that don't involve spy planes and sputniks, but
incredibly complicated and desceptive word defintions and complicated
tax frauds. You think we're not preparing to go to Mars because SF is
too optimistic? Sure. But it was optimistic about whether or not the
can-do engineering of the 40's and 50's, done by the kids who'd grown
up playing with radios and mechanics in the 20's, was going to
continue. Needless to say, it didn't. I've seen a late 1950's book of
science fair projects for teenagers that include things like building
your own X-ray machine and cyclotron (no, I'm not kidding-- it can be
done). There are rockets in there, and cloud chambers, and all kinds
of wonderful electronics stuff. But we didn't go that way. Instead,
we turned our children into little Clintons, and our society into a
bunch of people sitting at PCs, entering data about social engineering,
not mechanical engineering. So instead of going to Mars, we went
instead to beaurocratic Hell. Enjoy, everybody. It really could have
been different. Nature didn't stop us-- WE stopped us.

Steve Harris

Nails it. This is why I am so glad to see the maker culture in ascendancy - we can salvage something of that pioneering spirit.

Catch and Release - Eric Clapton

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Not too shabby with a guitar. Pretty darned good with a fly rod too - from Men's Journal:

Eric Clapton Just Caught the Year's Biggest Salmon in Iceland
Rock & roll legend. World-class guitarist. Record-setting angler? Turns out that Eric Clapton, one of the greatest musicians of all time, is just as good with a fly rod as he is a guitar.

Clapton, while on a fly-fishing trip to Iceland last week, landed a 28-pound salmon on the Vatnsdalsá River, setting the record for reeling in the biggest salmon of the summer. The massive fish measured 42.5 inches. Working with Vatnsdalsá guide Sturla Birginsson, Clapton had to run over half a mile downriver after hooking the monster, and spent two and a half hours reeling it in. The local fishing association enforces a strict catch-and-release policy on the Vatnsdalsá River, but Clapton was able to snap a picture of his record-setting catch before setting it back into the river.

Great article - goes into Eric's history with fly fishing and life in general - here is the fish:


Found this over at Gerard's new site - what happens when you take the sound track from an old program on mental illness in children and overlay it with current video of today's 'protesters':

Coffee and Dry Ice

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Heading out for coffee and to pick up some more dry ice in town. The refrigeration cooler was out of dry ice (I only put a little bit in just to cool it down) but was still a very safe 20 degrees. Still a lot in the freezer cooler but will need to top it off later. Do not want a bunch of sick hams out there...

Gorgeous day - got down to 43.9°F last night and already 78.3°F this morning.

Surf for a bit over breakfast.

All packed up and ready to roll

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Forgot to go to the bank today - need to get change for people's $5.00 dinners but I can swipe some from the store tomorrow. Got the last of the hotel pans and cutlery in the dishwasher. Short trip in to town to get some more dry ice and I will be ready to get cooking.

Great group of people and last years Field Day was a lot of fun - looking forward to this one.

Back to work

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Had dinner, watched two episodes of Agents of Shield and now finishing loading up the trailer for tomorrows event.

Planning to get up a bit earlier to pick up some more dry ice - cooling down the coolers has evaporated (actually sublimed) much of what I was able to buy today. Need to keep things frosty...

Cheap fun

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You find the damnedest things for sale at Amazon - one thousand of these stickers for only $8.78

Oh the fun you could have...

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