Friday, November 20, 2015

Ami Bera Voted Yes, Ooops! Here's a Few Ideas for Him Sponsoring a Replacement Bill

The only reason I can see for Ami's vote is that the Repubbys will use a "NO" vote to slam the heck out of anyone next election cycle. I do feel it is incumbent on Congressman Bera to sponsor a bill that replaces the one passed with a more reasonable approach. Perhaps some of these novel ideas can be incorporated:

On vetting refugees: Simple psych test for males. Have them interned with a game room, war video games, standard shoot'em-ups. Then, a month or two later, introduce a game with ISIS on one side, Coalition forces on the other. Observe which side they take, over at least twenty go rounds. Observe faces as the play, (split screen, video face and game screen). Now you know which ones to send back.

If commercial aircraft were equipped with a button that instantly turned the control over it to external air force jets until the final approach, the plane could be guided into an isolated airport, and never would planes be used as missiles again. This would not stop a bomb on board, but if either pilot or co pilot could push such a button, and after that the plane stayed up at altitude, until escorts arrived to bring it on down, then the terrorist(s) on board would have no leverage over the direction of the plane, by threatening to kill hostages..

In effect, this renders aircraft less desirable targets, because they can no longer be aimed to cause massive damages on the ground. The technology for external control of the aircraft is in place and well tested, and could even land the plane, if need be..

For the truly paranoid, how about a luxury cabin, lockable from the outside, bulletproof, and an external pop-open door. All passengers get to vote one person and fellow travelers, from among themselves to go to that cabin? Self contained with toilet and First Class food, and vouchers good for 1/2 off on next flight.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

SYRCL Takes Aim at a Dam less than 25 Feet High, on a Creek.

Given the problems that are visited upon us by fossil fuels, I think it very short sighted to view all dams as artifacts of damnation.  I'd rather get the weather in balance first, and then take care of the fishes.  To the extent that hydro power can do that, let it be.  I don't see any mad dash to remove the rest of the new Rome Powerhouse.

Way up at Donner Summit, just south of Old Highway 40, lies a dam, less than 25 feet from spillway to base.   In fact it may be even less than 20 feet high, I'd have to drive up to double check it.  Note the United States survey marker next to the railway tracks, at 6,758 feet.  Note the height of the spillway, 6,769 feet

This dam has been there over 150 years.  They question its "legality."   The also question its safety.  Then they come up with "scientific proof" based on generalizations including data from all kinds of studies of these kinds of dams world wide.  They list scholarly papers, but offer no original charts to show just how similar those dams may be to this particular dam.

In point of fact, despite using the internet to post all of this, they do not offer one single LINK!

Then they go on to list data that they have gathered, above and below the dam since 2006.  They do not list the fluctuations in the lake level.  They do not list the outside air temperatures, and they offer no comparisions from earlier years of this pertinent data.  They appear to be claiming that this dam is the one and only determinent factor of downstream temperatures, and completely ignore the giant thermal mass of the granite over which this creek soon to become river flows.

This dam catches the runoff from Caste Peaks on down to the Mt. Lincoln area.  Immediately below the dam, however, a very substantial addition to the water in the South Yuba (still a creek on Topos) comes from Rattlesnake Creek and Ridge, and Signal Mountain. It is then, about two miles west of Cisco Grove, that the South Yuba shows up at river size on the maps.  See the points circled in red.

How far up do the salmon have to come to spawn?  Were salmon ever caught east of Cisco Grove?  East of Plavada ?  Or at Soda Springs itself?  Did they swim up Castle Creek?  Inquiring minds want to know.

In addition, were any volume measurements taken, of water flow, at Soda Springs, at Plavada, at Cisco Grove?  How about temperature?  How long has it been since Lake Van Norden had water coming over the spillway?  If the dam has been out of water this whole time, then the measurements would be meaningless.  The photo they used in their blog shows no water anywhere near the dam.  Salmon were welcomed up the river in the fall.  How much water has been flowing during the fall?

Another point of concern for SYRCL, is DaGuerre Point Dam.  They talk of the fish, but do not take temperatures above and below.  They also never mention the point of the dam, which is to provide irrigation water via the Stahl Ditch, to much of the croplands to the north and east of Marysville.

A final concern is how to get fish up over the Englebright dam?

I would propose a plexiglass elevator, a counter weight going down the back side of the dam, and a system of transfer for the water containing the fish to the backside.  Seems to me this could be done.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Two Possible Solutions for Guns and Psychos.

These are long term, not overnight fixes.

Do not compare terrorist bombers to murders:

  • 9/11. Boston, McVeigh and at least one convicted accomplice.

    All of the situations listed involved at least two people or more. Unlikely to stop those. However, there have been over 100,000 murders in the USA since 9/11, most often done by single people, going it alone, and using a handgun.The amount of these can be greatly reduced by drying up the Black Market.

    This can be done two ways:

    Require that if you purchase a handgun, once a year, for five years, within a 3 month window, you go to a well protected drivethrough, put your guns in a sliding drawer, and have them compared to the information on file.

    You will do this, because when you purchase a gun, you also have to purchase a bond, at a sliding scale price from 10 to 50 percent of the cost of the gun. If you don't show up, you forfeit that bond.

    The reason for this is to reduce the number of gun flippers, who keep the Black Markets alive with cheap firepower. If you fail to do this, you will also be forbidden to buy additional guns for 5 years, and only one per year thereafter.

    Way Number Two:

    To purchase a new gun, you need three people to vouch for you, that you will not break any of the laws concerning guns. If they guess wrong, they lose one half of their next years tax refund. This may seem minor, but there is a second penalty: If they guess wrong they cannot recommend another person for 5 years.

    This requirement will show at least a minor modicum of sociability. This avoid everybody going to shrinks, and provides at least a minor check on mental stability.

    Notice that all this applies to guns new to you, and not the ones you've already got. You may be crazy as a bedbug, but you get to keep those.
  • Douglas Keachie
  • Douglas Keachie But only because apparently checking into those will reveal more psychos at once than we can possibly deal with.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Totally Psychotic, Disclaims Violence, and Moves Ahead with Plans, Anyways.

Check out his videos, he is scary.  Requires Facebook login.  Click on his name.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

What is an "Assault Rifle?"

Sure, it's a paranoia compensator for men with little issues. It's also a status symbol for them at gun ranges, and the amount of ammo it goes through very quickly not only proves how rich you to have bought the gun, it also proves your on-going wealth. This is not unlike the potlatches of the Pacific Northwest Indians, from which we get our word, "Potluck"

"Dorothy Johansen describes the dynamic: "In the potlatch, the host in effect challenged a guest chieftain to exceed him in his 'power' to give away or to destroy goods. If the guest did not return 100 percent on the gifts received and destroy even more wealth in a bigger and better bonfire, he and his people lost face and so his 'power' was diminished."[11] Hierarchical relations within and between clans, villages, and nations, were observed and reinforced through the distribution or sometimes destruction of wealth, dance performances, and other ceremonies. The status of any given family is raised not by who has the most resources, but by who distributes the most resources. The hosts demonstrate their wealth and prominence through giving away goods.

For some cultures, such as Kwakwaka'wakw, elaborate and theatrical dances are performed reflecting the hosts' genealogy and cultural wealth. Many of these dances are also sacred ceremonies of secret societies like the hamatsa, or display of family origin from supernatural creatures such as the dzunukwa.
Edward Curtis photo of a Kwakwaka'wakw potlatch with dancers and singers

Chief O'wax̱a̱laga̱lis of the Kwagu'ł describes the potlatch in his famous speech to anthropologist Franz Boas,

We will dance when our laws command us to dance, we will feast when our hearts desire to feast. Do we ask the white man, 'Do as the Indian does'? No, we do not. Why, then, will you ask us, 'Do as the white man does'? It is a strict law that bids us to dance. It is a strict law that bids us to distribute our property among our friends and neighbors. It is a good law. Let the white man observe his law; we shall observe ours. And now, if you are come to forbid us to dance, begone; if not, you will be welcome to us.[12]
". There, I hope this clears up what an assault rifle is, in the sense of its role in society. Now please, do tell, in great technical detail, how you define an "assault rifle." I'm sure many will be interested, Aaron Hedenland, and you, as a Marine, must know the answer the best, right?

Friday, October 02, 2015

Solutions for Mass Shootings

In regards mass shootings:  The answer always is, “nothing can be done.” This is madness. If you guaranteed anyone who came up with an answer, or part of an answer, $1,000,000, there would be answers all over the place. I would agree that nothing can be done overnight, but long term something can be done, and that something does not have to include “taking all our guns.”

For starters, buybacks from home owners in certain Chicago zipcodes, up to five guns each, at prices higher by say 50% than the current black market prices, would go a long ways to reduce, “Chicago syndrome.” 

We had a horrible example of this just the other night in Oakland, where a young muralist, working on a sanctioned project, was up on a scaffold, and somebody started messing with his supplies below. He called down to ask the intruder to stop. The intruder’s response was to shoot him dead.
I have written more about other solutions, sketches if you will, at the following location:

I learned of the Sandy hook shootings from an 8th grade student at Lyman Gilmore, where I was substituting. She showed it to me on her iPad, with tears in her eyes. It has caused me to think long and hard about the topic.

My wife and I own three guns. We live rural. When we are not here, they are locked up in a 600 lbs safe. When we are here, the .38 is in a concealed spot inside the house, where I can get to it as fast as I can get up for a glass of water.

But we do not ever expect to have to use them. We have fenced property, a locked gate, a couple of dogs, sensors, pop-on lights, and good video coverage, which is set to alert us on our phones. Almost 20 years now, and no intruders. Some suspicious behavior up on the road, observed via the cameras, motion activated, but no breaches of the perimeter. I guess we are just lucky, or too far off the beaten path. Or the pop-on lights outside the gate, and the high placed videocam just inside the gate looking outwards, gives rational thieves, good reasons to look elsewhere.

Set aside $100,000,000 for the 100 best ideas. So who decides which ideas are the best ideas? The parents of any child killed or wounded in a mass shooting would be paid to form a Congress and hash the ideas out, and money would also be spent on professional pre-screeners to categorize all the entries, so as to simplify the tasks of the parents.

Friday, September 25, 2015

On Drawing Congressional Districts:

On Drawing Congressional Districts:
Every 6th year the advanced computer classes should write programs that will take in the data from a given state, and then draw up the lines. The joker is that the best programs will be assigned to states by a random lottery, so nobody could put in a fix.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Is ANYONE in Nevada County even worth $100,000,000?

$100,000,000 is quite enough net worth for anyone. You got a bigger project in mind? Join together with a couple of like minded equally well-heeled buddies and make yet another corporation.

Establish a national Wealthiest Hall of Fame, and top dog is he/she who racks up the most additional points after securing $100,000,000 for themselves. That should take care of ego issues.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Maximum Net Worth? An idea whose time has come?

  • I do not have a problem with 1st class. But after you've hit $100,000,000 in net worth, then additional income goes to the collective mind, for distribution, based on electronic voting backed by paper ballots.  Your name gets enshrined with your success story in a National Hall of Financial Fame.

  • You type in where you think the extra cash should go. You get a printout then and there, and the group that gets the cash publishes your name and the amount they received, on their website. You can spread the wealth, by designating percentages, across a variety of organizations. Your vote has the power of one of however many people participate.
    So, you need to do an even bigger project?  Fine, make connections with your fellow financial wizards, and pool your resources.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Curing Atheles Foot, the CDC Way, who needs a Podiatrist?

If you wish to cure athletes foot, you can go to doctors who will recommend clothmazole and tell you it may take several years. After 40 years of doing this with no success, I finally started researching it. On the CDC website I learned of a different drug, terbinafine hydrochloride cream, 1%, antifungal cream, available over the counter. I also learned that soap and water might be good, and a thorough drying, but that 70% rubbing alcohol works much better.

Started this regime in January this year, got sloppy, and stopped using the cream after 4 to 6 weeks, as problem seemed way much better. After another 4 -6 weeks, stopped using the alcohol, and still the problem is fixed. WTF? Why did I line the pockets of so many podiatrists who never tried this? I post this from time to time just to get the anger over this out of my system.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trashing the Teachers & Reaping the Whirlwind.

Golly gee, after two decades of teacher trash talk (and Union Bosses trash talk), guess what?  By God millennials are saying, "No Thanks" to teaching careers.  Result, teacher shortage.

No surprise, they went through schools where parents, kids, principal, school boards and the republican party and especially the Tea Party, basically disrespected teachers every which way possible, for the millennials entire K-12 careers.

Yea for poorly paying voucher schools, if you use inferior materials and tools and cash starved teacher, you get inferior citizens, and that suits the ultra rich just fine, they can hire brains from abroad when they need them.

 Their message to former middle class American citizens, "Die, just Die!"

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Religion, the Important Part of It, Explained.

I will tell you what is absolutely certain, and gets to the heart of the matter, what happens to the "me" that's "me," when I die?

There are three possibilities, and each shares a 1/3 probability of happening.

Things are worse, and this would include complete non existence. The only plus to that one is that you will not be around to moan the fact. It would also include, you picked the wrong religion, and the right one has terrible things in store for you.

Things are the same, Heaven has its problems, you are reincarnated as a human of approximately the same status as your current self, you can kinda be your current self all over again, etc.

Things are better. You picked the right religion, or God doesn't give a damn about which religion you picked, he says, "come on in, join the party!" You get your 72 virgins, your powder snow forever, your prince charming, or reunited with your loved ones, friends etc. Whatever you want, you get.

All three possibilities have an equal chance of being in our futures.

So, two out of three, if you are sort of happy now, you'll be sorta happy then, or even ecstatic. I like those odds.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

On Overdriving Your Reflexes, and Bicyclists

So the point is, "Do you value going faster than your reflexes will allow you to stop, more than the value of your vehicle?"

Here's the deal. I had a 100 lb rock roll off the mountainside and in front of my car, which hit it, while it was still in mo

The insurance company gave me the third degree over whether or not it had stopped rolling.

It hit the right front tire, I was doing less than the limit, 30 mph going up from the S Yuba bridge towards NSJ. It popped the whole truck up in the air, and the truck came down on that rock, squarely on the transmission. It totaled the truck.

It took a month or so to get the $6,000 from the insurance company, as they were determined to get me to say that the rock was stationary, even if for only one second. If they could do that, then I was at fault, and they would not have had to pay one red cent.

So overdrive your reflexes, hit a stationary object or one which you could have stopped for, and you can lose the entire value of your vehicle. You have been warned.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Paying Up Front, to Avoid Unwanted Pregnancies

Simple simple, money to those between 13 and 24. 95% vouchers for schooling, 5% mad cash, matched if they save it rather than spend it. Must not get preggers, must not get someone preggers, boys must submit DNA to be eligible. End result, college funded in part, young adults with education and cash to get started in life.

If they do become or get someone preggers, one year time out, for both guy and girl, no voucher, no mad money. Amount of vouchers/mad money, dependent on what the state can afford, as determined by legislatures, or possible even a vote, on a yearly basis.

Money saved from not paying for early pregnant and dysfunctional families; and money from increased future tax revenues from a more productive populace, will more than recover the costs of initial setup.

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Root Causes of Racism

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When the bottom is so far removed from the top, and far removed from even humane, there comes a need to believe that no matter how far down you are, at least you are better than "X". And this can be based on the amount of melanin in the skin tissue, the sexual orientation, the latitude and longitude of your point of birth, even the location in a Zodiac chart, the religion, or even just the gender.

This explains why, "yes, there are racists of every color and gender." Because if you believe that you are worthless, suicide offers the only other course out. Contemplating suicide brings about anger, and anger brings about racism, at least in the lower economic echelons. For the rich, it is often just a justification for being a selfish unsharing person. See Helmsley and The Little People.

"A judge ruled that Harry Helmsley was not mentally competent to stand trial, but Leona was convicted of evading $1.7 million (£850,000) in taxes and sent to prison in 1992 in Connecticut, where she served 18 months.

While she may have been tough on employees, Helmsley was lovingly dedicated to her husband. "My fairy tale is over," she said when Harry died in 1997 at age 87. "I lived a magical life with Harry."

Harry left her his entire fortune, which was likely worth about $1.7 billion, at the time of his death. Leona sold many of the Helmsley holdings and in 2007 Forbes magazine estimated her fortune had increased to $2.5 billion.

She retired as the face of the hotel chain but continued to run it. In 2002, a former employee, Charles Bell, sued her for being fired for being homosexual and was paid $554,000 in damages.

The Helmsleys had no children but Leona Helmsley had a son from a previous marriage"

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Google's Overly Complicated Nest of Passwords is Absurd.

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Now it wants me to be by my phone to receive a call with a number, or use one of a list of numbers I'm supposed to print out.  If I don't do the Google Two Step, then unspecified Apps on my Android phone will fail.  In addition, those apps now have passwords, that are called app passwords, and are also managed by Google.  These are also subject to fails if I go to uninstall.   Seems to be designed to get me to give Google my cell phone number.  I will instead take this Blog off of Google Blogspot and put it where Google can't touch it.  Bleepheads!  Wasted 4 hours making previously working apps work again.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

"One Tire Over the Line, Sweet Jesus..."

"One Tire Over the Line, Sweet Jesus..."

One tire over the line, Sweet Jesus,
One tire over the line.
Gett'in towed uphill to Nevada City,
One tire over the line.

This is for those folks who have a hard time remembering the rules for parking at the 49'er South Yuba River Bridge.

I would love to see a chorus of CHP officers, singing this, backed up by Achilles Wheel, videoed on the Old S Yuba Bridge.  Would be happy to write more verses, collaborate too, would probably also need a lawyer negotiator to avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit.  Any money collected could be used for the CHP Christmas Toy Drive.  I'm sure we'd all rather see the CHP ticketing unsafe drivers in motion, than having to waste their time messing with inconsiderate and illegal parkers.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Cell Phones and Schools

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We need an app that goes like this. Every time a student picks up his phone during class hours, regardless of what for, the start and ending times of activity are noted. The data is transmitted via wifi to the school's admin, and an email or text, of the data is sent to the parents at the end of each day. This avoids having the teacher having to uselessly say, "put it away," as excessive use can result in school security being sent to the classroom STAT, fully automated, no intervention by teacher or staff needed..
This is my best contribution to society to date. I figured this out last night, Cinco de Mayo, Rather hope it goes viral. Our schools are in deep cultural change doodoo right now. BTW, phones without the app that come to the teacher's attention, can also be picked up by school security, and then only given to student's parent.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Of Sunspots, Indian Baskets, and Solar Power

Some say that our global climate changes are a result of a decreasing number of sunspots, not carbon pollution.  For a review, try:

Regardless of what is causing it, we will need power to desalinize water, power to air condition and to heat, transportation, etc.

Developing solar sources will soon be way more cost effective that harvesting oil from tar sands and fracking.  Developing solar will be less polluting as well.  And if the CO2 alarmist are right, helps solve the problem.  Ironic that a nuke plant in Boston was shut down last night, unsafe to run in a blizzard?

Had a dream last night that included a perfect modern stroller, with the structural parts still plastic and nylon and aluminum, and the nylon shell replaced with most excellent woven basketry.  Would make an interesting art piece, possibly a source of income to Nisenan descendants, who could make them for yuppie couples who have everything, and can afford a grand a pop?

F Macdoogle Casey Jones

Test post, IGNORE, please. "G", I wish I could take bus 99.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Can We Afford this Bleedout by the Banks?

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We need an amendment to the Constitution, that limits the total "fees" bank institutions can charge to both parties in a transaction, to 1% combined, when the transaction requires only electronics to complete the transfer.

Currently banks are raping this country, picking up 2 to 4%, of every transaction they handle. It is completely insane that we as a nation put up with this. The money saved to consumers would put far more cash back into circulation than anyone can imagine.

The cost to a bank for handling such transactions is miniscule, compared to their current charges, and even 1% would be gifting them huge profits.

Lower those rates, or nationalize those banks.

Vacinations and "Illegal" Workers (draft)

And if the "Illegals" were all demanding vaccinations ( after coming here to take the jobs Americans are effectively on strike for for higher wages, pay $20/hour, and every crop in the country would be picked by true blue Amuricuns), then Bill Orth would be screaming about freeloading the medical system. You want to guarantee every worker is an American, PAY UP!

You want a job, get a national ID card, with biometrics. Roving Verification Vans can be certain every employer can verify, and put yet more Amuricuns to work, paid for by the tax paying public, not the employers.

Problem solved, it isn't rocket science, if indeed the 1% wanted it done. They don't, they keep us in the dark ages, to get cheap laborers to cross the borders, and to keep the rest of us barefoot and pregnant. Thanks a lot, Overlords of 3rd World USA, a work in progress that is progressing faster than any of us, including the Overlords, know.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tom McClintock's "Logic"

So politician McClintock is saying that for the cost of $3 more per hour per minimum wage worker, all kinds of jobs will simply disappear?  Most places of employment have many other jobs which pay more, and a great deal of cash goes into increasing the owners equity, and McClintock things all these enterprises will just shut altogether down?  I highly doubt that.  Most owners will cut the salaries to others, and as a last resort will decrease the rate of increase in their own equity, rather than throw the entire enterprise away.

Very few minimum wage workers are in their first years of employment.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Chemtrails or Contrails, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

This is for all of you who are convinced chemtrails are a deliberate attempt to do bad things to people. To me, there are enough of you by now to easily pool your resources and do the experiment:

1. Rent or purchase an aircraft suitable for intercepting a chemtrail at a safe distance behind a jet creating it.

2. Secure permissions as needed to safely cross a chemtrail without tipping off the authorities as to the true nature of your mission. HIgh altitude parachuting, or some scientific experiments that need to be conducted at the appropriate altitude. Figure something out, and there are admittedly a lot of details and bases to be covered here. Nobody said the FAA was simple.

3. Collect samples of the chemtrail "cloud."

4. Repeat at least 50 times, preferable 500.

5. Rent a second jet to capture some of the chemtrail your own jet creates.

6. Analyze all of the samples, and publish results
Once the basic science has been done, please get back to me. Discussing cow farts in yonder field without real data from samples as they exit the cow, is poor herdsmanship, and leads to completely speculative ideas, without the necessary experimentation to prove your points.

High Speed Rail?

It's a baby step in the right direction, but I would redesign the entire transit system.

Powertrain, suspension and steering, and computer autopilot need to be separate, standardized units, in a variety of sizes and powers. You rent these as needed.

Passenger cabs are owned by the consumer, and are detachable.

If you want to go long distances. You get your cab loaded onto a flat car on rails, enclosed tube for train optional. You zip to LA at 300mph plus, solar powered train. You cab is then re-attached to another powertrain combo. That can be electric or diesel or gas, depending on your desires and pocket book.

40,000 die each year, many more maimed, incredible costs in dollars and emotions. Only a mad species on a mad planet would keep this up for yet another century.