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.
OR
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.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cold Weather Shelter Solution (partial)

If they can pack 200 Mexicans in a semi trailer, surely the county could invest in a small fleet of used ones, to be brought to parking lots scattered around the county when the temps drop, and include wind chill and dampness in making that determination. The more people in such a trailer, the warmer it gets, I'd say 24 max.. Porta-potty just outside, and an airlock system for entrance.Trucks segregated by sex, and also intact family trailers.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

One Sensible Piece of the Guns and Schools Issue

Are any of the guns you're contemplating capable of 18 rounds in under 4 seconds (average seasoned user, not Miculek, the pro hired gun, endorsed by Smith & Wesson)? 

if so, then purchaser should have to also purchase "good behavior" bond of $2,500, at time of purchase. Refundable after one year, with interest. This prevents the buildup of arsenals, and greatly reduces straw man black market supplies of such weapons. 

If you can't show that you've sold it legally, or you've reported it stolen, bye bye $2,500. 

If the gun is found anywhere, thereafter, it will be destroyed, thus making ownership via black market weapon a really stupid thing to do. 

Existing guns, not in the database, are assumed to be in the hands of the correct owner.  The owner's detailed  profile will then be added and and noted in the database, which is of course accessible by LE, nationwide.  If you don't want this to happen, don't do stupid things with your weapons in front of law enforcement.

Functionality counts, not name brand, or rifle /pistol designation.

An 18 year old single male with $3,000 is likely to find better things to do with that kind of money.

A gun that has a $2,500 bond attached to it is way more likely to be well locked up, and dog(s) and sensor lights installed, the sane way to deal with home invaders.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Cop is the Fall Guy, for Trump & All the Rest

I am sorely disappointed, but not surprised, about Trump's critique of the cop at Parkland. Had he gone inside & died, and multiple gunmen emerged, then they bitch about that.
"Gee, if he had stayed outside, he could have picked them off, one by one, as they came out, even with just his revolver. Instead they came out and killed 98 more, just because this cop was trying to play the hero."
That would have been parallel universe Trump, never taking any blame himself, as usual. The cop is screwed either way, and probably any other ways folks can dream up. The need for a scapegoat is incredible.
All of this avoids blaming the higher ups, Trump included, who made for a world, our world, in which this kid, got his gun.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Getting Shot Dead as a Teenager is Giving Up Sixty Years of Liberty.

Facebook as begun censorship, so this is a safe haven for many of the ideas I have stored over there.  Some might call it a "talking points" list.  Now I have a place I can point them to.

Avoid the auto semi auto terminology. Simply say, "If it can fire 18 rounds in under 4 seconds," and then add in whatever restrictions you feel are appropriate. In my case, I believe such a weapon, should require a $2,500 bond at time of purchase, refundable after 5 years of peaceful ownership, or immediately upon sale through a legitimate dealer. Yes, of course, you would get interest on your money.

You will note I do not demonize any particular weapon by model, name, or manufacturer. I demonized by functional criteria that have the potential and verified potential, for mass killings. It's a much more intelligent approach. Laws can evolve. Just because gun control laws in the past have been ineffectual, it does not mean the gun control laws of the future have to be equally ineffective.

There are 98,500 public schools in the USA. Even just one cop per school, willing to work for $1.30 per hour, for 8 hours, amounts to $1,000,000 per day. Do we take the money from the defense budget? That's the only place with that kind of money.

Be prepared for the next word salad, about how American troops would never attack American citizens. Most likely the would not. One would hope they would not. But under those circumstances would they sit on their asses?

So my bright lit
tle stars, do you not supposed that if they are incline to disobey orders to attack you "Irregulars of the Genuine Patriots," might they not also take matters into their own hands and take care of the wicked government as well? You would have competition for the honor of reclaiming the White House, no? Who could do the job better and fastest? I want a serious answer here please. The pilots of Air Force One qave goodbye to the President as the jump with the only chutes on board and the plane on auto-pilot for the South Pole, would be one possible scenario.

Seems funny that with all the school shootings and all the parents affected, not a single one has stepped forward to say,
"I AM STILL TOTALLY IN FAVOR OF THE 2ND AMENDMENT AND WILL SUPPORT ANY IDIOTS RIGHT TO OWN ANY WEAPON THEY CAN AFFORD."
Since the gun-a-holics all claim that they are a MAJORITY in this country, how come not one parent has stepped forward to make this claim??? What are the odds of that happening, if the gun-a-holics are right in their assumption, of representing a majority view?

Make all guns in the country, except for armed services and LE, disappear, with a wand, and very little would change. Remember the bad guys guns go too. Nothing much happens.
After a month, make just one vehicle in every 20 disappear, and all hell would break loose. There is a YUGE functional difference and importance to society, that ranks vehicles way the heck above guns.

In answer to question posted by a gunaholic:
The AR-15's type of weapons all evolved from the Armalite Rifle of the 1950's, taken over by Colt and produced since 1964. In 1984, the San Ysidro shooter identified a new possible use for the weapon, and ever since it has been the goto weapon of choice, for most mass shootings. Many of the variations are capable of 18 rounds fired in under 4 seconds.
18 rounds in under 4 seconds should be the tipping point, for requiring a refundable $2,500 bond to make the purchase. This assumes a state legal magazine (this varies from state to state, California is 10 rounds), made by the original manufacturer. And this rate of fire is by a proficient owner who has fired at least 1,000 rounds, and who is NOT a hired gun professional, or terribly obese, depending on a jiggle factor bio bump stock. So a Beretta 9 would be available for home defense, but all of the Armalite evolved "ranch rifles" would not.
There are many other weapons that cannot reach that mark, but none the less are excellent choices for home defense. Also the range of most .223 and .556 ammo AR labeled weapons is well in excess of 500 yards, where most of the pistols with near firepower and rate of fire, at close range are closer to 100 yards. Much less chance of killing innocents or blasting their way through multiple school children with one shot. I hope this answers your question.
Bond refundable after 5 years of peaceful ownership, with interest.

If it can shoot 18 rounds in under 4 seconds, it is an assault capable weapon. It is very capable of doing the job of assault in a manner most exemplary and very remarkably, unlike most non assault capable weapons.

Every classroom should have auto-locking doors from the outside, and a good sized filing cabinet next to each door, that can be slide into place easily. Two eyebolts in the door with chains, wrap around the file cabinet, and lock. A real obstruction even if the intruder shoots the lock off.

I am refining the various systems as I go. Another cheaper system would be a good hunting bow or five in a locked case, and archery classes for the kids. The first school shooter who winds up looking like a porcupine would be a good deterrent for future shooters.
Another idea would be to have the kids become proficient at throwing large bolts or small tire irons. Either of these would be better than whimpering under a desk, waiting for a bullet. Another possibility would be to use the fire extinguisher. Were i still teaching today, there would for sure be a large filing cabinet, next to the doorway, ready to be moved to block that door quickly.

98,500 public schools in America. Buy every one of them one item that cost $13, and you, for all practical purposes, just spent one million dollars. 180 days in a school year.  Do the math.

You have a Constitutional right to ride a horse on any right-of-way established before they started paving them all. Most roads in Nevada County. Funny you don't see that many horses out there.....

Culture changes. Until DB Cooper, nobody thought of hijacking a plane. Then there were a zillion copycats. Then we fixed cockpit doors. Now we have TSA. Good guys trying to stay ahead of the bad guys. Spy vs Spy, and so now it is kids young adults, adults acting out with ISIS type toys. Good vs evil, whether in a galaxy far far away, or down the block at your kids' school. Pretending that guns have nothing to do with the situation, and ignoring the ease of purchase, is silly.


He has grown up with, and has spent all 69 years with, "I've got the bucks and if you are not "nice", I will fuck with you big time. Even taking me to court will cost you, even when I KNOW I AM IN THE WRONG, so be "nice' peasants.

It would take a whole lot more than four or even 8 years to change his mindset. Nowadays, it's, "I've got the Presidency." and he keeps going down the same damn track.

The Colt AR-15 was first developed in 1964,and sold in large numbers starting about 1980. Then in 1984, in San Ysidro, 22 dead, we get the first plus 10 mass shooting, and the cat was out of the bag. More and worse shootings have followed, and I will guess three months to the next one, given the patterns we are seeing.

Since Sandy Hook, I have become much more proficient are arguing with the gunaholics, and have greatly refined my ideas for solutions in various areas. If this keeps up, I will have enough for a book, of, "talking points." How ironic, since they keep accusing me of going to that mysterious well that is full of them.

Other kill techniques will be less efficient, & more likely to be stopped with a lower body count Otherwise the other choice would be the first choice.

Culture changes. Until DB Cooper, nobody thought of hijacking a plane. Then there were a zillion copycats. Then we fixed cockpit doors. Now we have TSA. Good guys trying to stay ahead of the bad guys. Spy vs Spy, and so now it is kids young adults, adults acting out with ISIS type toys. Good vs evil, whether in a galaxy far far away, or down the block at your kids' school. Pretending that guns have nothing to do with the situation, and ignoring the ease of purchase, is silly.

A temporary ban on all new sales of AR type weapons, "until we can get it all sorted out," would be progress. Capable of more than 18 rounds in 4 seconds or less, is my definition of an AR type weapon.

This is Aaron Feis, a Football coach at Parkland High School who stepped in front of students when the shooting began taking several bullets. He's currently in critical condition. Make him more famous than the shooter.  F IT CAN FIRE MORE THAN 17 ROUNDS, in under 4 seconds, including magazine changes if needed, you should have to put up a $2,500 bond to own one. If you can't hit your home invader with 17 rounds, you are a lousy shot. People will flee from a shotgun pointed at them, just as fast as from an AR-15 type weapon. Shotgun is much safer for your neighbors, and even more deadly than the AR, at close range, and more likely to hit multiple targets.
There are restrictions and prohibitions on all kinds of weapons already. the 2nd is no sacred virgin, she is a slutty whore and the NRA is her pimp. Your AR-15 will not save you from being napalmed by a fleet of drones coming in from all sides. Bye Felicia. This last covers, "Gov is the new tyranny, we're going to fight the tyrannical government," scenario, so beloved by gun advocates.
The $2,500 bond is of course refunded when you sell the gun through a legitimate dealer, or after five years of proven safe possession and ownership. This will also makes such guns much more expensive on the black market.
It also makes it much more likely these dangerous toys will be locked up safely in a home, making it safer for the kiddos. Any home without dogs and sensors and popon lights, but with an AR-15, has a cock-eyed sense of priorities. Plenty of time to get gun out of safe. and most likely not even needed, with dogs and intruder approaching devices.
BTW, Glocks and similar, with much limited range (safer for neighbors if you miss), nearly as fast fire power, but not fast enough to make the 17 round plus cutoff, are still logical weapons for home defense, and therefore not eliminated by the above guidelines from easy purchase. Glocks are accurate and powerful to 100 feet, AR types to 500 feet.

Someday, some parent who has lost his or her only child is going to join a gun range, become very proficient, pick a day and a spot, well attended, and the spot well protected, and they will murder every person there, and then commit suicide. I will not shed a tear. Fuck you, NRA and all who support it. START A NEW GODDAMN ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS SANE GUN LAWS, IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE SUCH AN ORGANIZATION.

In an article last Thursday, I looked at the rise of the colorful Trumpian epithet shitgibbon. The word first hit it big last June when Donald Trump was called a “tiny fingered, Cheeto-faced, ferret wearing shitgibbon” on Twitter and then made an even bigger splash last week when Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach called the president a “fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon.” But where did this exquisite creation come from, originally?
Some have assumed it must be Scottish, since the June insult came at the height of backlash against Trump’s visit to Scotland, where he was lambasted for his tonedeaf comments about the Brexit vote. But that tweet actually came from an Englishman, one who goes by MetalOllie on Twitter (and will only reveal that his first name is Darren due to online death threats).  
Had to change from street address to PO Box, too many mail thefts. Since it matters not and a two year old could find it, street address is 27800 Sweetland Road. Sign for gate is under construction, runs something like this: "Dogs, sensors, lights, live video to our cells and Paladin's, drones even, your worst nightmare, move along, this is not the property you're looking for. Don't be messing where you shouldn't be messing, In short, No Trespassing."































How Requiring a Bond Would Drive Up Black Market Gun Prices by Creating Shortages.

Let's Require a refundable bond (after x number of years with interest) for all weapons that meet the criteria exhibited by many of the mass shooters' weaponry.

The criteria are rate or fire, regardless of accuracy (most mass shooters have chosen fish in barrel targets, accuracy is not crucial).

AND

Time.  In this case 18 rounds fired in under 4 seconds, by seasoned shooters, who have owned the weapon for three or more months, and have fired at least 1,000 rounds.  In other words, Seasoned Amateur Shooters, so this means: no military, no gun industry paid grandstanders, see Jerry Miculek, etc.

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These times and rate of fire will be established using only magazines made by the manufacturer of the original weapon.  Beretta magazines for Beretta weapons, and Glock magazines for Glock weapons and so on, for other manufacturers.

Based on what I have seen of the two criteria, as effected by various mass shooters, it would seem that any weapon, even if it looks like Elmer Fudd's shotgun or StarTrek's phasers, if it can shoot 18 rounds in under 4 seconds, including magazine changes, (if required by state law requirements), would be considered a weapon that can only be purchased in tandem with a $2,500 bond.

This would result in an odd twist.  California limits magazines to 10 rounds.  To reach 18 you would have to have a magazine change, midway through, just enough of a delay to knock many weapons off the bond requirement.  In states  where 30 round magazines are legal, the Colt AR-15 easily beats the criteria, and the Feds, who will be collecting the bond, will have their pound of flesh.   It will be cheaper to own in 10 round limit magazine states.

Since your new baby comes with a risk of great financial loss if you "lose" it, you will be more likely to lock it up.  Kids will be safer.  Because to get your bond back, it can not be a prime actor in any "accident."

What is the effect on the Black Market?

To buy a new weapon and flip it, by selling it illegally, and claiming it stolen, you would have to cover your costs.  Previously your cost was what you paid for it, say $500.  If you could get $700 or more a day later,  you could get a quick $200 out of the deal.

With the bond in place, your cost of goods would zoom to $3,000, and you would have charge accordingly.  The department handling the "I lost my gun" claims would look at you cross-eyed if you started losing a gun every month.  This would effectively shut down one of the main supply lines feeding the Black Market.  This is something Trump would understand, how about you?

Please note this proposed bond system complete sidesteps make and model and semi auto and rifle and pistol and .22LR and .223. (or .556)

And it totally and completely NEVER TAKES AWAY ANYONE"S GUN.

For those who claim that it deprives the poor of protection, please talk to Clint Eastwood in his Dirty Harry persona.  A nine round .357 Magnum does a pretty good job of defense. (as does a 12 gauge shotgun)

"Well, do you feel lucky, PUNK?!?

T

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Simple, Cheap, Partial Protection for Classrooms.

This is not perfect, does not offer protection for first classroom attacked, but does offer a lot for other classrooms, and does offer protection for all if the intruder is detected before he fires a shot.

Basically, push a filing cabinet, stationed near each doorway, into the doorway, and chain it in place.

On each door, place two 1/2 inch eyebolts, about 3 feet up, eyebolts protruding into the classroom side.  Attach enough chain to each eyebolt to reach around one or two filing cabinets, and then be locked in the middle of the classroom side, if an intruder event occurs. Normally the file cabinets are next to the doorway, not blocking the doorways.

These file cabinet are preferably 5 drawer legal size.  The top drawers can be filled whatever stops bullets the best.  Could be old textbooks.  The bottom drawers are available for storage.

A shooter now has to contend not only with shooting a door's lock off to get inside for a range of fire, he has to deal with filing cabinet(s) to get inside. He is also somewhat blocked from being able to spray the room while standing outside.  A steel plate extending upwards, attached to the side of a filing cabinet, would completely block his view.

Used filing cabinets are cheap, typically $10 to $30, at Habitat Restore, or though the County Surplus sales.

Installation can be done by parents, and the bolts and nut protruding to the outside can be covered by a 2 x 6, which in turn can have a steel plate for further protection and concealment  of bolt placement.  Let the shooter expend his ammo and perhaps even injure himself, trying to get through.  Perhaps local hardware stores could give discounts for eyebolts, chains, and locks.  Total cost should be under $75 per classroom door.

Teachers and students working together can push cabinets in place.  Every school should have it's own "safe word" to sound the "all clear, you can unchain the cabinet(s)."

No Second Amendment rights are harmed by this procedure.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Shelter for Temporary and Long Term Homeless People

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. Round protruding balls lining all sides to the exterior, for easy removal and insertion from a stack..

One one end, a door system, sliding to left, right, and up, so as to not obstruct or hit anyone standing outside,

One the other end, connectors for water, electrical, communications, inbound fresh air, and outbound stale air. Small washbasin inside. Bed(s), table, and large screen tv.

Restrooms, showers, kitchens are common to cluster of these units, clusters segregated by sexual preference (as many as are called for for a given locality).

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

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.

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

Friday, December 08, 2017

Active Shooter Locator Lockets & a Gun Safe System for Schools

Guns in schools, a modest proposal:

One of the effects of implementing the following two systems, would be deterrence.  The mindset of the mass shooter may well include notions, to some extent, to have control over his unprepared hapless victims.  Either or both of these systems would reduce his element of surprise, and in the case of the second, the possibility of encountering immediate retaliation would reduce an ego driven notions of dominance.

This is an add-on I thought up last night, after first conceived of the dual gun safe solution. Having a separate system emergency button, again one for each teacher who wants to participate. GPS technology is now so cheap and accurate, that including it in any device is no problem.
Essentially, make an emergency locket with three buttons.

The first button sends out, "I see a stranger adult on campus,"

 The second button says, "I heard a shot." Press the second button multiple times for multiple shots.

The third button says, "I can see a shooter."
This system could be used in any school, armed with pistols in safes or not. The information could be immediately relayed to the principal's cell phone, and others as well, including LE.
It could also be connected to the gun safe release system, if the school has the gun safes, as mentioned and detailed below. In the event that X number of teachers are pressing buttons, the safes could be opened without Principal intervention.
Also in the safes, a special simple vest with distinctive coloration known only to LE, in several sizes. The vests would be put on by the teacher, maybe a hat too, to protect the teacher from being mis-identified by LE as a shooter.
This is not rocket science.
Portable gun safes, and a wall safe in each classroom. Central safe in Main Office. Each teacher who wishes to participate, picks up a gun in a very portable safe in the morning.
They take that safe to their classroom, and place it in the wall safe there. The wall safe has inside of it a key on an alarmed lanyard, that can sense if used to open portable safe, or it is cut..
That key opens the portable gun safe the teacher just brought in. Teacher closes wall safe door, gun in portable safe inside. teacher cannot unlock that wall safe until the Principal or designee remote unlocks it.
The principal or designee can push one button which will unlock all the wall safes. Each wall safe then can be opened by the teacher, using their own biometric, or key or combo.
This prevents a rogue teacher or student from doing anything unless the Principal has declared an emergency. It may seem a bit complex, but really, no different than using codes to operate the Xerox machines in the teacher prep room.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Got Potholes? Protest on Social Media.

You can,get some traffic cones, make a sign that says, Local Public Works supports Trump Infrastructure Divot (big red arrow pointing down into divot), compose the shot so the location is obvious, take the picture, and post it in a variety of places. Since nothing is permanent, no foul, nothing to bust you for.. Then keep doing this, but include a count up of days not fixed, in each additional image, posted at regular intervals, until divot is fixed.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Will Single Payer Stop Medical Advancements?

If money obsessed people made up all of the population, the end of medical research might come true. 

Fortunately they don't. Should you happen to be such a person, you are welcome to stay in your own quarantine cage, with the rest of them who are money obsessed. 

Meanwhile, humans motivated by curiosity, concern for themselves and fellow humans, and well funded by taxes, or private industry looking for reasonable returns, will boldly go and explore new medical horizons, and create new techniques and drugs.

Private Pharma Industry spends more on advertising than on research. 

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-1027-mazzucato-big-pharma-prices-20151027-story.html

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Free Science Fair Experiment, 9/11 Themed

Douglas Keachie TWENTY STORIES OF BuILDING ABOVE THE IMPACT ZONE, 208 feet by 208 feet. Even the slightest depression gets the inertia train rolling, and down she comes. Simple physics, a body in motion, and so on.

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 Yeah. No.

Douglas Keachie
Douglas Keachie And your grade in physics was?

Didn't take physics. Took choir, and was editor of the school paper for 4 years. Didn't go to college either.
Douglas Keachie
Douglas Keachie So here is an experiment for you. Get eggs, remove contents, and fill 20 of them about 1/3 up with BB's. Now make a toothpick tower, that can contain all 101 egg shells, the empties on the bottom. Carefully stack them, the first 82 all empty should be easy. #82 gets a pull string attachment, that allows you to yank it out of the stack in a flash. The next 20 I suggest you handle very carefully. Once the whole assembly is set up, snatch out the 82nd egg. 20 1/3 filled eggs start downwards. The equivalent of six eggs, full of BBs, approximately. Do you think floor 81 will survive the inertia of the eggs above coming down, 6 full eggs equivalent falling one egg diameter downwards? I don't think so. You can do this experiment in your head, to save time.


Yeah. Interesting. But, no. No time for experiments to prove or disprove something I've already spend at least 100 hours listening and reading information on, the proof or disproof of which would not make a significant positive impact in my life. I appreciate your commitment to your world view, though. :-)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

May the President Die from Something That He just Blocked The Funding 4 the Cure

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/22/trump-budget-seeks-huge-cuts-to-disease-prevention-and-medical-research-departments/?utm_term=.de5bea9f707f

Friday, June 02, 2017

Drumpsticky Misleads with Science Neither He Nor Followers Use.

The critical thing here is that Trump was trying to downplay the effects of halting global warming by claiming the tinier number, that the Celsius scale gave. Doubt he or most of his voters were aware of this, but the speech writer plainly was.  Celsius ranges from 0 at Freezing to 100 at Boiling, and thus each degree represents much more energy than a degree of Fahrenheit does.  So, .36 Fahrenheit, doesn't sound like much either, but the Earth is a damn site bigger than a poached egg.

 "Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree -- think of that; this much -- Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100. Tiny, tiny amount. In fact, 14 days of carbon emissions from China alone would wipe out the gains from America -- and this is an incredible statistic -- would totally wipe out the gains from America's expected reductions in the year 2030, after we have had to spend billions and billions of dollars, lost jobs, closed factories, and suffered much higher energy costs for our businesses and for our homes."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Unfunded Pensions, My Sweet Bippy!

Hey homeowner you have an unfunded liability of 200k, you had best amass 200k in capital to offset that immediately (oh wait, your house is the capital in the same way that your business's value is the capital for the USPS and future taxes are the capital for state pension funds)

The nationwide attacks on public pension plans are happening because Wall Street banks and brokerages want to convert the $3 trillion nationwide in public pension plan assets into 401(k) accounts from which banks and other investment firms could earn billions of easy dollars in various “management fees” on the accounts.

The tactic Wall Street is using to get its hands on pension plan money is something called an “unfunded liability.” Only actuarial accountants really know what an “unfunded liability” is, but the clear impression that Wall Street and its media minions give to taxpayers is that it’s a huge amount of current debt that taxpayers owe to the pension plans. But it isn’t.

Take California, for example, the state with the largest public pension plans, the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS). Wall Street’s media minions are trying to scare California taxpayers by claiming that the state is currently in debt some $270 billion in “unfunded liability” to its public employee pension plans...but what is an “unfunded liability” anyway? One thing it is NOT is that it’s not a current debt.

To find out what a so-called “unfunded liability” actually is, we begin by looking at California’s current state budget: The 2016-2017 state spending budget is $171 billion. Of that, $4.8 billion, which is only 3% of the state’s $171 billion budget, goes to meet the “unfunded liability” difference between what CalPERS gets from active employee payroll deductions and interest on investments to pay out to retirees; the state contribution to meet the CalSTRS “unfunded liability” is $2.5 billion, which is only 1.5% of the budget. So, altogether the retirement plans’ cost is only 4.5% of the state budget. That less than 5 cents of the budget dollar, and that’s right in line with the non-political Boston College Center for Retirement Research report that the national average state annual contribution to public employee pension plans is only about 5% of the typical state budget.

Five cents on the dollar each year is not going to bankrupt California...or any state.

So, just how is an “unfunded liability” calculated? Well, in simple terms that a non-accountant can understand, you take your state’s current year contribution to the pension plan, then increase it for inflation and other factors each year for the next 30 years, then add up the sum of all those 30 years of 5-cents-on-the-dollar contributions, and the resulting sum is the “unfunded liability.” The sum of those 30 years is a large amount, which is great for scaring taxpayers who are led to think it’s a huge amount of debt they’re in right now instead of being merely the sum of 30 years of small future payments. It’s not a current huge debt.

Moreover, if you apply the same actuarial projection to your state’s budget for the next 30 years, you find that each year’s budget increases in line with the annual pension plan contribution increase, so that the annual cost remains right around 5 cents of the budget dollar for each of those coming 30 years.

And there’s something else you should know: Most of the “unfunded liability” amounts in these made-for-the-media scary headlines can be reduced by as much as 75% simply by changing the accounting method used to calculate the “unfunded liability.” Wall Street uses a method known as the “Historical Return” method for marketing stocks to investors, and that’s also the standard method that should be used for assessing pension fund stock assets --- but the scary “unfunded liability” figures that show up in headlines are typically created using an accounting method known as the “Riskless Rate” method. You can slash those scary headline “unfunded liability” figures by 75% just by using the standard Historical Return accounting method. Poof! Three-fourths of the “unfunded liability” gone, just as it was created by the magic of a non-standard accounting method for the purpose of scaring voters.

Moreover, the “Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB --- pronounced “Gasbee”) that oversees which methods are used to calculate an unfunded liability sounds like some federal government agency. But it isn’t: GASB a private organization operated by state and local governments --- governments which these days want to get rid of public pensions, so GASB is biased against public pensions.

Now, that you know what an “unfunded liability” is, let your lawmakers know that you know what an “unfunded liability” is and that they should keep your fixed-benefit retirement plans and not switch to Wall-Street-friendly and retiree-unfriendly 401(k) plans whose benefits aren’t fixed and reliable because they go up and down with the stock market.

Something else you should know and let lawmakers know that you know: Those small annual state contributions to our public employee pension plans are actually the best investment that your state makes: In our example state of California, even the anti-public pension Los Angeles Times reported that the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) brought $12 billion into the California economy and generated a collateral $26 billion in economic activity while supporting over 93,000 jobs.

CalSTRS makes a similar large positive contribution to California’s economy and is estimated to generate about $10 billion in economic activity and support more than 60,000 jobs with state and local governments reaping over $600,000,000 in annual revenues from the economic activity generated by consumers spending their CalSTRS benefit income.

That’s a combined economic contribution to the state of $36 billion. Not bad for the state’s investment of $7.5 billion in the pension plans; in fact, that’s a return of about 500%.

The dirty little secret that taxpayers aren’t told is that if the states cut public pensions, tens of thousands of private sector jobs will be lost and taxpayers will see their taxes raised to make up for the $36 billion in lost economic activity. Former Rockefeller Foundation head Peter Goldmark has warned that cutting off public employee pension plans is for states “the economic equivalent of having a stroke.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

Drumpski and a Pre-Emptive Nuke Strike. How It Gets Done

So the President can hire and fire whoever he wants, according to Nicki Haley. That does not bother me too much. BUT

Can the President launch a pre-emptive nuke strike without consulting anyone, "because then it would not be a secret?"

This worries me a lot. I think Congress needs to pass a law that says doing so would be an automatic impeachment and removal from office, just to give him a heads up.
Otherwise the S.O.B. may do just that. Because nobody on June 21, 1788, wrote it in that he couldn't.
if the other half of the nuke codes are in the hands of the Secretary of Defense, then I would not put it past Trump to appoint a "Yes" man to that post.

The Cabinet of the United States is an executive organ of the U.S. Government that normally acts as an advisory body to the President of the United States. It is composed of the most senior appointed officers of the executive branch of the U.S. Government serving under the President. Among those are the Vice President and the heads of the federal executive departments, all of whom are by federal law (3 U.S.C. § 19) in the line of succession to the President and have duties under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Members of the Cabinet (except for the Vice President) serve at the pleasure of the President, who can dismiss them at will for no cause.

July 29th through Sept 2, Senate not in session. President can fill vacancies at will.

He(the President) shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two-thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session."

Sunday, May 14, 2017

How to Avoid Gerrymandering the Congressional Districts.

With every census should also come computer programs from all 50 states. Made by computer science students at the universities and entered into a contest in each state, and the top 20 are then voted on by the people. Top vote getter, wins, even in cases of a near tie. Each program would use algorithms designed to make districts that would be somewhat geographically compact and simultaneously socio-economicaly and ethnically diverse.

The governors of all 50 states then meet and each one draws a program out of a fishbowl, and the program cannot come from his state.

This will result in much greater opportunity to kick the rascals out, and avoid the evils of gerrymandering.

It would also prevent politicians from saying, I've got 51% rednecks so I will vote 100% their programs, because in the next census shakeup, their nominal district might only be 45% rednecks.
In short a moderating influence on the actions of politicians.

It might even work out that some precincts might be added from one district to another contiguous district instead, to get a good spread of the state's population for each representative in Congress.  In California for example, some of Hillsborough might be added to Hunters Point, and some of Atherton to East Palo Alto,
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blood Alley Solution



Blood Alley Solution
Summary.
This solution consists of: Plate detection and speed calculations, and alerts going out to cell phones in given stretches of roadway, of high speed traffic coming from the rear.
 Information available to citizens (no plate info for citizens, just warning of incoming high speed or safety vehicle) and CHP, on a real time basis.  Again. this information could be coupled with alerts to pull over for emergency vehicles., Can you imagine how many lives and homes might be saved, if everybody pulled over to the side en masse?

All of the technologies currently exist. Only the computer program linking them and the hardware installations would have to be done.  Ideally the hardware would be movable to different highways, to spread the costs for maximum benefits to many.

Plate reading cameras installed at key intersections.  In the case of highway 49, just after each of the major stop lights, both north and south bound.  Northbound first, if it has the higher number of crashes from speeders and erratic drivers.  Example, all cars going up the hill at Combie are plate read as they go up the hill.  The starting point would be back at the last traffic light in Auburn.  All cars going over the rise and down the hill would be read there.

The two readings are compared and alerts are sent out if necessary.  All non speeding info is disposed of within one hour, unless there is a crash and witnesses are needed. (You’d be surprised how many folks don’t want to be bothered testifying)

Obviously the CHP can’t catch them all. However, whoever has the fastest time for each of the midway points, and the grand prize winner for the fastest time to the McKnight Way exit, for each day, is now eligible for double fine and double points for any traffic infraction anywhere in California, for up to one year from winning the award.  And their insurance companies will be notified.  Only plates going 10 mph or faster over the posted limits, with all lights assumed to be green, would be included.  Oh for the day when nobody is eligible!

This issue has bothered me all my life, 40,000 dead every year, and we are supposed to be the greatest country ever, and yet we accept this? SMH!  That’s one Twin Towers every month and then some, ridiculous!

To read about this technology, and the many social implications, please read up on any of the article found with this search on Google. https://www.google.com/search?as_q=%3Bicense+plate+%28scanner+OR+reading%29+technology&as_epq=li&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&as_filetype=&as_rights=