Thursday, April 09, 2020

Peace Pipe for Dems, Fusion Platform.

The Dems are divided into two groups. Those who fought for Bernie and his ideas, 1/3rd, and those willing to go along with whatever centrist the DNC had as the flavor of the day, which now turns out to be Biden. I say this because I watched Bloomberg layout rather detailed plans of how to move forward, but when he didn't catch fire, the DNC backed off. Never seen any plans from Biden.

Now here is the challenge for the 2/3rds. How do you attract and encourage the 1/3 to become active supporters of a Biden campaign?

Do you do it by saying in advance that Biden will lose and it will be the fault of the Bernie Bros?

Do you do it by poo-pooing any of Bernie's ideas, especially Universal Health Care, especially when staring the greatest argument ever for it, Covid-19?

Do you do it by belittling them in any of a thousand different ways?

Or do you do it by offering to include substantial portions of Bernie's Platform in a new Fusion Platform?

"It's a voter's questions, I 'd really like to know...."
"Sitting here patiently, watching the wheels go round...."
BTW, it's only 50:50 that Biden will be the nominee, for a variety of reasons.......

Saturday, April 04, 2020

PBS, NPR and the local video and radio stations, need to allow for universal access via ONE Passport that gets ALL stations Nationwide, full schedule at each one, 24/7/365.

An app to access wherever, could also track usage of each outlet, and distribute funds 50% on the basis of usage. This goes along with a penny an article for newspapers and magazines, instead of this crazy "Subscribe to US!" that goes on all the time.

I'd pay $250 to PBS/NPR/LocalStations (KVMR) and others.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Hack Proof Elections

On Hack Proof Elections:

Vote at an electronic terminal. When done, the machine spits out three copies of how you voted, in a human and machine readable form. Each one has an identical code, just for you. Look at all three, and make sure they are identical.

On site there are two ballot boxes, one marked "State," the other marked, "County" You place one copy in each, but first use a local scanner, and see if the electronics reads out the same as what you see, for each copy. You will be watched to make sure you put one in each box.

The county and state will independently scan the ballots, and will independently come up with totals. If they differ, an investigation begins.

This does not preclude the use of the electronic totals only, to get early returns. Mostly likely, after implementation of this system, there will be no efforts to break it, so the early electronic results will most likely always match up.

You can go online and check to see your ballot again, using the code on your copy, and to see that both county and state have received your ballot.

There, I fixed it.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Merry Christmas for the Homeless!

Cheap, modular, well-insulated, stackable sleeping units, 10 different designs, every three years, need to be developed and mass produced at the national level, just like tanks, but a lot cheaper. Electricity and wifi equipped, small wash sink. I believe each person needs 24/7/365 personal space, lockable.  Also a free, must put money in first, debit account, and a simple internet capable cell, to get and hold a job. 

These things can be done, if there is the will to do them, in Congress and the Presidency.

Bernie, for sure, would support. Toilets, kitchen, laundry would be separate communal units. Toilets, one to every 10 units, so short walk. Sex and family orientations separated, as many different areas as are needed. Families in adjoining units with pass throughs. Kid-less couples accommodated, and pets too. Separate accordion fold out solar panel truck with Tesla's latest batteries, possibly two separate trucks.

There is currently a world wide shortage of shipping containers, so they are out.

We need to re-Prioritize and re-Organize, and stop this nonsense of the world's richest nation having inadequate shelter and medical care!

Decent shelter, decent health care, basic human rights. History will look back on the elite of the USA as we look upon the Aztec priests ripping out beating hearts

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Homeless and Emergency Shelter Systems, Updated

Picture a giant honeycomb cell, made of composite materials, and stacks of them to make a community.

 Dimensions inside 12 foot long, 8 feet high, 8 feet wide. Heat and noise insulated. Nylon rails on exterior, which fit into matching steel rails of the main honeycomb structure.  This allows for for easy removal and insertion from a stack, if a unit gets trashed or contaminated in any way.  Unit is set up to make it easy to move around with a forklift.

On one end, a door system, sliding to left, right, and up, so as to not obstruct or hit anyone standing outside,  This end contains all the connections for power, communications, heat and air conditioning, and small plumbing stuff, for vanity sink.

On the other end, a window, with appropriate shade systems. Small washbasin inside. Bed(s), table, and large screen computer/tv.

Restrooms, showers, kitchens are common to clusters of these units, clusters segregated by sexual preference (as many as are called for for a given locality), and by single/married.  A variation can be made for larger family units

The modular design allows for stacking, and for the removal of individual units without disturbing the rest, for cleaning and repair.

Wifi throughout area, and kitchen/laundry/bath could each have a semi trailer of their own.  Set up in a "U" shaped corral, and protected by water proof roof, forming a commons with tables and play areas.


Transporting these would be 3 to a semi trailer, and vertically on a flat car, about 8 of them on a standard 89 foot flatcar. 

A shorter version of these could be made for emergency use on rail cars, which are limited to loads no wider than 10.5. They could be interlocked stacked two high, and these would be used for emergency shelter in disaster areas, like Hurricane Katrina. In this configuration, you could get 15 to a flatcar, and a mile long train could quickly carry over 5,000 housing units anywhere above high water. Multiple trains could be used to evacuate large numbers of people, to points well away. People animals and stuff, into compartments, lock doors, and away you go.

These would need to be mass produced and standardized at a national level, to keep costs down, and allow for inter-change-ability.  My design is just a suggestion, trained architechs can improve on it, or do altogether different and better.

This is a real shelter solution, all we need is the political will to implement it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Propaganda Cabinet, Informal but Real, I am Sure.

Trump keeps telling his secret Propaganda Cabinet Staffers, "drill down deeper, what else can you find to outrage the liberals? Their outrage is our key to my re-election, and the takeover of the USA, under MY dictatorship." "Hello Putin and Un, I'm a Big Boy now."

A Set of Gun Laws That Would Work. Never tried before.

National gun and gun owner database, so simple a cop in a squad car can use it. Or a gun shop owner. Provisions for citizens and school officials to add non binding flags. Appeals process, of course.
Insurance required, prior to delivery, for all new to you weapons. Limitations on number of guns/magazines to be purchased within a time frame, which decreases with years of Safe Gun Ownership. This can stop "Straw Man ghetto special" buys. Real California ID or better, required.
All weapons used for for home defense, already owned, and not taken off property being defended, do not require insurance. Feel the need to go to gun range? Then you need insurance, as they will be required to check. Privacy? It's been gone since the first time you bought ammo with a credit/debit card.
2nd Amendment infringements have been around since the Gatling gun. "No hand grenaades for you, Mr Gunrighter!" So the US Congress (the original gun NAZI) has declared. If not infringed, please tell me where one can buy an armed, surface to air, missile?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Gun Control via Private Enterprise

Spoiler Warning ~ Incoming Screed.

If you want to own a new gun, you should have to carry liability insurance. If you are caught with a weapon in public, and no insurance card, officers can confiscate the weapon, subject it to ballistics tests, and only have to return it when you have obtained insurance. Insurance companies can set rates according to their assessments of risk..If you choose not to insure the weapons you already have, no penalties,but if you go out of your property, and get caught with them at a local shooting range, then you must buy the insurance.

Therefore, you can keep all the weapons you have in your home for self defense. You want more? Then get them with coverage.

"But the insurance companies won't cover that."

Insurance companies do not want to cover earthquakes either, but in California, they have to offer it, IF they wish to sell any home owners insurance at all. Just add in gun ownership liability as a similar requirement.

This will clear the streets in a hurry of illegal weapons. Or are you in favor of gangs in the hood having infinite firepower?

Enough is enough.

Neither our citizens or our law enforcement should have to worry, and especially not our school children.

Alternatively. A moratorium on all gun manufacturing and sales, "until we figure out what the hell is going on!" A famous man said that a year or two ago.


PS You think you're going to stop a rogue govmint? I think they tried that at an Oregon wildlife refuge. Didn't work. BTW, your toy guns are no match for a govmint equipped with A-10's and napalm. Did I mention armed mini-drones? Armed with pistols or C4? With super night vision? Homing in on you with wave after wave of them? Heat seeking monsters, and multiples reporting back, enables them to triangulate your position with every shot you fire?

What color flowers do you want on your graves?

How can you be so stupid?

If the current state of affairs continues, there will be enough public support to greatly modify the 2nd. There are 320 million Americans. Only $600 separates the inevitable nutcases from a highly concealable, clip-magazine-reloadable, machine gun, near rate of fire, like pistol. Good luck! Random death lottery coming to a school yard near you soon.

Freedom includes Freedom from Worry about such incidents. Pigheaded 2nd'ers are destroying that freedom.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Starbuck's Howard Schultz, is a Viper, Hiding under a Rock.

Howard Schultz, the Manchurian candidate of the Ultra-Rich, hiding under DemoSheepskin, if he runs as Indie.

He is worth 3.1 billion dollars. If you live to 100 years old, and got a dollar per each second you are alive, at age 100, you would have 3.1 billion dollars.

How the Ultra-Rich, Get Even Richer.

Income Taxes are a Smokescreen, to Distract from much better sources.

Look at the laws concerning 1031 tax free exchanges. Sell commercial real estate, and invest the cash into even more commercial real estate, and BINGO, you get to start depreciation and improvements all over again. Meanwhile you are getting rent money, nice and steady.
Fixing your stuff up is all deductable. Fred Trump even set up a business that sold stuff to fix up apartment buildings. They charged full list price. Trump's building managers were their only customers. Ka-Ching for that business.
The fact that stocks are bought and sold with no sales taxes. If the average citizen buys something, they pay sales tax up front. Regardless of whether the value goes up or down. The rich who do "trades" (sales) only pay taxes if the value increases, under capital gains laws. If the investment goes sour, they even get to DEDUCT the losses.
Income taxes are inconsequential, compared to these laws that benefit only the ultra-rich.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

John Denver at the Commonwealth Club in 1991

Do You Like Your Planet?

50 gal/day/person water rationing, or do something about climate change, take your pick. This is coming soon to a water supply near you, including your wells. ZPG is also needed.

Much like a snowball, starting an avalanche, so did Camp Fire's storm
 blown embers grow in intensity and quantity, until they hit the incredible numbers of oaks, in the West Fork of the Feather River canyon, just east of town. Almost like a fission nuke bomb is used to ignite a hydrogen bomb, the brush and manzanita between Pulga 6 miles east, and Paradise, touched off a near nuclear firestorm of death and destruction, with oak at its core. Paradise was blow torched. Steve Willer and active members of fire departments can assess my assessment, but I think when all is said and done, this will be the gist of the conversation...

The root cause is of course Global Climate Change or Global Climate Chaos, call it what you will. The extreme dryness all the way to mid November, caused by higher than average temperatures, the last two year of wetness growing an extreme brush fuel load, and the sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph, are all symptoms.

Remember also the four winters in a row proceeding the double rainfall of two years ago, more symptoms, and a weakening of the overall ecosystem. There are many areas of the Sierra Nevada Foothills where this exact same thing can happen next year. Insurance will go way way up, or become non existent. We live in such an area.

BTW, if the fuel load of oaks in the West Feather River Canyon just east of Paradise had been thinned by 3/4's, I bet they could have saved the town.  The hospital went first, perched right on the edge of the canyon.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

A Pre-Teaching Device for Algebra as far Down as Kindergarten

I am visualizing a collection of 3d animatronics structures, each one inside of an aquarium sized Plexiglas box, each one illustrating a very simple algebraic equation. These could just sit in a corner, and could be activated by a curious or bored student, with the teacher having an interlock start/stop app on phone that makes the box active or inactive. These should be in classrooms, from kindergarten on up. Rotate different ones, once a month.

My first algebra teacher was a math major working on his PhD at Berkeley, and he knew nothing about how to teach, other than to repeat over and over again exactly how he was taught, with no effort to determine where there were communications gaps.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Gun Control Via Insurance Policies.

All the states have to do is to insist that any insurance company wishing to sell home owners or renters insurance include coverage to the full maximum for victims of any gun the policy owner has not reported stolen. That is one very simple law.  Currently California requires that to sell insurance in CA, the company has to have an earthquake coverage option.  This would be similar.
You also have to give the insurance companies the right to increase rates for excessive gun ownership, or ineffective security for guns. They should also have the right to not issue policies to anyone who has previously had a gun used in an illegal manner. One law fixes the whole damn mess after a couple of years.

If you are found in possession of a gun, and you do not have an insurance card for it, LE has the right to confiscate it on the spot, and keep and examine it (test fire for ballistics profile), and will only return it once a proper form of insurance is provided and proven.   This will take a lot of guns off the streets in a big hurry.

The whole effect here is to turn the process of making society safe from loose cannons, over to capitalistic insurance companies, and letting the market forces prevail.  It's called privatizing and is American as Apple Pie.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Trump Buys Hole in Water

Let’s make a deal, Trump Style.
The 86-meter Nabila was delivered in 1980 by Benetti to Saudi businessman and arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi as the 8th largest yacht in the world. In 1983, the megayacht appeared in the James Bond movie, Never Say Never Again.
When Khashoggi however ran into financial problems himself, the Sultan of Brunei took possession of the boat to cover one of Khashoggi's loans. The Sultan quickly flipped it to Donald Trump for a reported $29 million in 1987. In 1988, Trump said he got a $1 million discount for renaming the boat and not calling it Nabila, the name of Khashoggi's daughter.
After acquiring the Nabila, Trump renamed the yacht to Trump Princess and had it refitted by Holland-based, Amels for near $10 million according to the LA Times. The H on the helipad was also replaced by a T to stand for Trump.
In 1991, Trump Princess was sold to Prince Al-Waleed for $19 million who renamed the yacht to Kingdom 5KR.
I’d call that a $20,000,000 dollar LOSS! In less than 4 years, good grief.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Does Google Bullshit People?

Tonight I was unable to log in.  Whe I went to log in, to my blog, which they control, they insisted that I had changed my password on August 10th.  My records showed no such change.  But I can also see that I made two posts to my blog, on August 15.  Google owns the blog.  I would not have been able to make the posts, if I or someone else had changed my password.

So Google apparently insists that everyone change their passwords about every six months.  This is not the first time this has happened. They shouldn't have to lie about this.

They also claimed I had given permission to "insecure apps,"  But they will not name the apps.  I think they are lying.  Every password I change, I make a record of it by sending myself  via email, and I send it encoded, not in plain text,  I have been doing this for years.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

First Awareness of Racism at Age 10

When did I first become aware of racism? First hint, in Germany, attending German schools, Xmas coming up. I was there as the son of a Fulbright Exchange professor, 1955. The teacher asked me if I was willing to play the black king in the Xmas play. I couldn't see any reason not to to, so I said yes. The rest of the class burst out in laughter and sighs of relief. Soon I would hear derisive cries of, "Du bist die Schwarzinger Koenig." "You are the black king." From then on I began to put two and two together.

Trump Derangement Syndrome

"Trump derangement syndrome" is a term much better suited to his followers, who are totally deluded into thinking he will make things better for them economically and socially. He has no intentions of doing so, he is a follower of the P T Barnum School of Economics.

The "Druthers" Box

Given the realities of the two party system, there needs to be an additional box on the ballot, called the "Given my druthers" and then a choice of 3rd parties. That way you can vote for the lesser of two evils, but let them know that if they win, they do not have a total mandate, to do whatever they want.

Friday, August 10, 2018

On the Space Force

 On the Space Force

The supposed purpose of the Space Force is to protect communication, military, and GPS satellites belonging to the USA. 

So, we have many tiny objects, whirling around the earth, in orbits of 100 miles, all the way out to 22,700 miles, and maybe beyond. The last inventory I saw of stuff in space was well over 6,000 different objects. Much of this is now just junk, batteries and purposes expired. Once they are set in place, they tend to go on and on, on very predictable paths. They cannot carry enough fuel to make any fancy evasive maneuvers.

Trump seems to feel that it would be possible to send up a fleet of “space fighters” to match orbits and then be able to shoot down any hostiles that might approach. If these were manned fighters, they would need a base to refuel at and switch out pilots. If they were unmanned, they would still need occasional refueling. I doubt 38 billion would even begin to cover this.

So what are the threats to these satellites? Similar space fighters launched by hostile nations? Laser equipped Death Stars? Ground launched ICBM sized missile, with nuke or non nuke warheads? Ground based megalasers? Bombs delivered by Non-rocket spacelaunch, including railguns, aircraft assisted launches, etc? I think we can safely rule out the notion that there are space alien punks out there looking for fights.

It seems to me that, with the exception of GPS and photo recon, our main concerns are communications. Is there some other way to increase the security of our communications needs? I maintain there is. Well buried massive fiber optic lines would be relatively invulnerable.

Using the horizontal drilling techniques developed for gas and oil, the main trunk lines of the nation would be safe from nukes and the like. The economic and social benefits of such an investment in infrastructure would be immeasurable. Construction would create job growth, and medicine and education would be enhanced in amazing ways. The 38 billion Trump wants for Space Force would be much better spent on MACA, Make America Communicate Again. 

As for the satellites that might get knocked out, that are not covered by fiber cable on the ground, I would propose backup satellites, ready to launch, from either new missiles, or use some existing nuke missiles in silos.

For obvious economic reasons, Directv, Dish Network, and Hughsnet will fight these ideas tooth and nail in Congress.

For a good backgrounder on satellites, see:

Friday, July 06, 2018

Hybrid Paper Ballot Insures Honest Tallies.

f you vote electronically, there should be three scanable printouts, each with a unique alpha-numeric identifier, identical on all three.. One you keep. One goes to the county. One goes to the state. County and state each scan their copies separately. You first make sure each of the printouts matches your votes, before putting them in the state and county boxes.
With two different gov bodies working independently, from the same datasets, their tallies should match. You can log in with that unique alpha-numeric identifier and make sure they have your votes right as well. It would be very hard to tamper with such a system in a significant way.
Of course before the papers are scanned, a rough approximation can come from the computerized info. A return to such a hybrid paper ballot is needed, to insure true and correct elections.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

One Way to Reduce Gun Violence in Schools.

To insure guns are locked up well from young males in a household, there are several possible approaches.
You could make gun safes a mandatory accessory for all gun purchases.
You could require that insurance companies that wish to sell home owners or renters insurance in your state, offer full coverage for any gun related incidents, to the maximum liability of the policy, regardless of whether or not the policy buyer declares himself to be a gun owner.
Then the insurance companies could adjust their rates accordingly, and offer discounts to owners who positively identify to the insurance company a secure place for their weapons.
Neither approach takes away anyone's guns, and for the poor, free simple lockups could be offered.
This has a hidden advantage of driving up the price of Black Market guns, as they will be harder to steal.
This is not rocket science. Git'er done.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Starbucks Semi-Solution

Starbuck's Solution: Give each employee the option of wearing a button, stating, "We care about and respect all minority groups, and give them the same service as we give the majority population."
Then start a social movement, to tip based on the presence of the button based on the percentage of employees wearing the button. Problem solved, at least on the surface. After one year, dispose of the buttons, unless there is another incident, in which case, extend it.

Friday, March 16, 2018

How Much do You "Need to Know" to Have an Opinion on Gun Control?

A great many folks seem to be arguing that if you do not know how firearms work, what the proper nomenclature is, for types, procedures, and parts, you are not qualified to have an opinion on laws regarding firearms.

Most of you drive cars, and have voted on various aspects regarding them. But how many can identify all the parts and systems your vehicles make use of, probably only the professional mechanics. So only professional mechanics can have opinions regarding vehicle legislation?

All of you are using either a cell phone, a tablet, or a computer to post here. But how many of you can describe in detail how you device works, down at the CPU level? Only nerds can have opinions on laws regarding the placement of cell towers?

In RE laws regarding medical malpractice, do you have to be a doctor, or a lawyer?

AR in AR-15 refers to Armalight, the company in the 1950's that first made a rifle of that designation, and the company that sold the rights to Colt. A magazine holds bullets, not a clip. A .223 round is only a tiny bit bigger in bore requirement than a .22LR round. But the shell casings are hugely different, resulting in much longer distances and a much larger punch.

How much more do I have to know to be reasonable certain that a weapon, in the hands of a seasoned user, not Miculek or similar pro,,can deliver 18 rounds in under 4 seconds should have some restrictions or impediments placed on its sale of new ones?

It has proven itself capable of mass slaughter in very short time frames, even if it does not meet the dictionary definition of an "assault" rifle. Parkland and Las Vegas were not "assaulty" enough for you, just because the weapons used were "only semi-auto?"

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Are Guns as Important as Vehicles and Cell Phones?

Make all guns in the country magically disappear, and not too much would change. Cops would still have Tasers and net throwers. Take away all cell phones, or all vehicles, or both, and all hell would break lose, instantly. There is a huge difference, and gun-a-holics need to recognize that they have a disease, and that there are sensible cures.

Rogue Govmint? Either the military obeys the commands of said government, and you are dead. (USA military lives here, and they know where you live, and all your habits, Rogue Govmint would grab all the commercially owned databases that have been tracking your every purchase and move for many years.They will hunt you down like cornered rats,

OR: they won't fire on USA citizens defending the 2nd?

Oh really?

In that case you can sure as heck they will take care of any "Rogue Govmint: instantly. 

Your guns are not needed in that case, whatsoever. You are useless and lavishness · leavings · leftover · luxuriance · nimiety · overdose · overflow · overkill · overload · overmuch · overrun · oversupply · overweight · plenty · plethora · profusion · recrement · redundance · redundancy · refuse · remainder · residue · rest · spare, weapon-wise.

For home defense, 12 gauge shotgun, and .357 Magnum 9 shot revolver will do the job just fine, and they are cheaper. Invest in dog(s) and pop-on lights and driveway sensors and videocams, so you have plenty of time to get your weapons out of a safe. Also an outdoor loudspeaker and microphones so you can query your quarry before you blow away a stranger in need. He might be Jesus, you know.