Monday, September 12, 2022

The Grievance Industry Wants Your $$

 If I can convince you someone deserves help, I can make a fortune

You may have seen, earlier in this blog, the tremendous hoax behind the term, "African - American". That's not the only case in which people are exploited for monetary gain.

At the sci-fi/fantasy convention, "Dragoncon", it was apparently necessary to single out some demographics for special attention. These groups cannot advance on their own merit, it seems, and so special attention is necessary based on... identity. Not achievement.

So an organized effort must be mounted to see that everyone gets market share.

This is nonsense.

The Dragoncon venue/universe encompasses every kind of performing art - emphasis on, "performing". In general, the audience absolutely cannot tell if the artist is LBGTQ or of a given race, and in fact this is totally irrelevant to them. Elton John and James Brown showed more than 50 years ago that people ignore such things when a killer product is delivered. This has been lost on the professionally offended today.

Here were the venues offered with the idea that identity holds people back:
• Black Comic Creators Round Table
• Diversity and Inclusion in Puppetry
• Representation and Diversity in Kids Media
• Telling Black Stories in Fantasy Realms
• Kids Like Us: LGBTQ+ Meetup
• Neurodiversity at the Gaming Table
• Diversity and Inclusivity in the Japanese Anime Industry
• Reaching Parity: The Importance of Women Directors

There are also a couple of political fora designed to blame others for the failure of a particular group, or to get special attention.

So:

When have any of us cared who the performer is until after we have seen their work?

To the point, there is serious money to be made in the grievance industry - that industry concerned with the outrage of... third parties. As we have seen the real achievements of minorities obliterated because they succeeded the "wrong" way, we see yet more Reasoning Deficit Disorder.
Such people who insist that the way to success is to penalize the already successful are deranged, and we should not oblige them. Especially heinous is the effect chivvying for advantage has on the market: standards are lowered. This is not the way to get excellence. The mediocre are not magically made great by calling on their personality.

Be careful. The issue is not that such people exist. It is that there is value being assigned to identity independent of contribution to society. Two excellent articles illustrating this are Six Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person, and Fisking NPD About Latinos In The Movies. I note in the latter that LGBTQ+ is represented on-air at nearly ten times their representation in the population.

Somehow that's not enough.

In short: you want success, my attention? Put out. Even Hollywood, the most savage competitive environment there is, asks for that as it pretends to care.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Electric Vehicles

If You Do Not See The Term, “Kilowatt-Hours”, You’re Wasting Your Time

It is a big deal to some that government is pushing the electrification of surface transportation in the US. This concern is proper, for government has botched many public measures, and “gasohol” is a major failure, wasting energy and foodstuffs in a variety of ways not discussed here, but easily discovered by the witful. 

Electric transportation is NOT one of those mistakes. Let us see why:

In Gray: Waste Heat (click to zoom)

Waste heat, called “rejected energy” by engineers, is highest by percentage in transportation services. Look at the ratio of black to gray on the right of the pink “Transportation” block. Not only does your car or truck idle in traffic, and run at other than its most efficient speed most of the time, it blows ~3 times the energy used to propel you out the tailpipe and another bunch of heat through the radiator, doing nothing at all but heating your vicinity and expelling poisonous gases.
This is the biggest reason electric motors appeal to people who simply don’t want to pay for waste.

So, here are some advantages of electrifying cars, trucks and buses:

  • No lubricant service. Internal combustion engines contaminate oil, and a small amount must escape the engine in the process of lubricating cylinder walls. This is a major reason internal combustion engines fail: an owner has no idea what an oil change is other than an expense. You will see nice cars abandoned in neighborhoods all over America because of this - the owner could not comprehend that clean oil is necessary, and could or would not read or believe the owner's manual. Sealed electric motors flatly do not require lubricant changes.

  • No coolant service. Though they last for more than three years in nearly all cases, gas and diesel engine coolants leak and age. Electric motors need far less cooling than those of internal combustion because they do not produce power by converting heat to mechanical energy. These do not overheat, or freeze, OR require warmup to operate properly.

  • No transmission required. Though it is true that an electric motor does have an operating speed which is ideal for its design, it can be supplied through a Variable Frequency Drive to produce the desired road speed (electric motor speed is proportional to supply frequency), thus eliminating any need for a transmission, with its lubricant and other maintenance demands. This drive can be programmed to save energy. Most conventional engines must be oversized or possess added devices like turbo-supercharging to deal with acceleration or increased load, in addition to a transmission to match the efficient speed of said engine to desired road speed. The internal combustion engine demands a transmission because its operation depends on intake and exhaust resonance to move gases to and from its cylinders.

  • Regenerative braking. When you want to stop, part of that energy of motion can be returned to the battery in a way that does not use up brake life.

  • No storage procedures. If you need to leave your car somewhere, nothing rusts, gels or loses lubricant, and there are few plastics underhood to age and crack.

  • Inherent high torque. Due to some interesting electrical laws, a 150HP electric motor makes about 600 lb-ft of torque. Ask a Tesla owner – you’re not tweeting along in George Jetson’s car. Ford has actually run an electric Mustang over 170MPH in the 1/4-mile, in less than 8.2 seconds.

  • Lowers fossil fuel demand. The case can be made that most personal use is trivial. Look at traffic patterns during peak hours, and notice that nearly all of that traffic is within 25 miles of the motorist’s home. That travel is easily electrified. Fossil fuel really IS limited – nobody is making any more, period – and food distribution worldwide depends on fossil fuel for delivery without spoilage. That’s part of the industry that CANNOT depend on other energy. So it makes sense in the long run to cut back on oil consumption. Thinking the same demand just gets transferred to electrical power plants? Please read the graphic above and examine it closely.

  • Simplifies the transition to durable vehicles. The industry now depends on continuous renewal of inventory and scrappage – even though it is not strictly necessary, even with internal combustion engines. You could be sold a car which lasts, but you aren’t, because it doesn’t reward companies with continuous income. This feature does depend on a major change in business models.

  • No direct emissions. The generation of the electricity stored in the electric vehicle’s battery comes from locations amenable to far more effective emissions controls. Again, examine the above graphic.

Objections:

  • Battery technology is environmentally expensive. True. Another market reality is that since multiple countries are competing for raw materials, their price WILL go up. Mitigating factors are 1) the recycling industry has not geared up yet, 2) Discarded conventional cars and trucks litter the landscape right now by the millions, 3) The lifetime of a properly built electrical drivetrain is several times longer than the best internal combustion engine and is far simpler, producing far less “parts trash”, 4) Fossil fuel supply chains produce spillage and vapor releases to the environment. There will be no electrical Exxon Valdez, or Deepwater Horizon.

  • Battery fires are intense. True. They burn hotter than gasoline or diesel, too. You will note that many traffic accidents with fuel fires burn out before firemen act, including those that total the vehicle and/or produce a fatality. Battery protection isn’t bad, and it can be improved further. Electrical fires do NOT spread like liquid fires do.

  • The average home can’t recharge an electric car. False. Here’s why I say you need to recognize the term, “kilowatt-hour”.
    A Kilowatt-hour (kWh) is a quantity, a measure of potential or expended energy equivalent to a volume of fossil fuel. It is actually the equal of about 0.17 pounds of regular gasoline (make no mistake, gasoline is very powerful, it’s the way we use it that’s extremely wasteful!), and it represents the raw expenditure of one horsepower for about an hour and 20 minutes. Its advantage goes beyond the fact that most of its energy will not be lost through a tailpipe, in that it can be replenished over time.
    See, within the heat limits of the battery, you can charge that kWh in an hour at 1000 watts, or in ten hours at 100 watts. If your house has a water heater, you can charge up to a rate of about 1 kWh per 10 minutes. On a clear day, a rooftop solar panel that comes with the car could charge 500 watts continuously, more on a minivan.
    Don’t miss that this kWh isn’t going out a tailpipe. Gas engines use about 4 times the energy on the road than they need to move the car.
  • No range. False. This actually depends on driving habits, just like with ordinary cars. The popular hangup seems to be transferred from the idea that you can’t charge the car at home, and somehow, the thing won’t work unless it’s fully charged all the time. Although some people struggle to keep gas in the car and can’t keep their phone charged, that’s not the device’s fault. In fact, all commercial vehicles, like buses and trucks in local service, will always have charge – and there goes a bunch of city emissions. Note that nobody is using interchangeable batteries yet – where you can pull up somewhere and swap your low cell for a charged one?
  • Government intervention is forcing electric vehicles on the public. TRUE. Now: You may notice that this was once ACTUALLY NECESSARY because smog was literally killing people in population centers, notably in LA. While manufacturers struggled to deal with emissions restrictions at the lowest cost they could manage - meaning, they wanted to keep existing manufacturing plants and methods - we were saddled with gasohol and such spectacles as the 140HP Corvette (1974 5-liter, CA). Since then, the industry has stepped up such that you can buy cars that will run off and hide from even the best of the 1970s, while air-conditioning you, and getting double the mileage of that, er, stuff. You really think the Tesla is the ne plus ultra?

So, the TL;DR:

No oil spillage. No fuel trucks 5 times a day to your local station. Wires instead of pipelines, rail and trucking delivering energy. Tiny maintenance, giant reliability. Lower assembly weight and complexity. Silent traffic. Clean local air. Far fewer abandoned vehicles.


As it is, personal transportation in the USA is a tremendous mishmash of compromises, largely made with convenience as the major factor. This lack of logic is easy to illustrate: you may go buy a 200HP motorcycle, capable of over 100MPH in first gear, for street use, but you can't take a Kawasaki Mule to the store. The DOT is supposed to enforce standards w/r/t vehicle lighting, but any look at traffic reveals this to be a boondoggle, a waste of taxpayer money, as nothing is standardized and lots of vehicle lighting is ineffective.

When you think you have a right to energy, you’ve made a mistake. Figuring out how to do things better is really better for your bank account as well as the environment, and the likelihood that early measures will not be optimum is not a reason to abandon all progress.

Go buy a buggy whip and think about the horse.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Reasoning Deficit Disorder is Real

Thanks, Dilbert. 
 

Hell, no, you’re not making sense

There is an affliction evident in the general population roughly coincident to the diagnoses of Asperger’s Syndrome or autism: Reasoning Deficit Disorder.

It is clear that large numbers of people express opinions stridently, sometimes even justifying their use of actual violence, based on completely contradictory points of view, a lack of information, or outright lies. They block, ban, unfriend one another for even imaginary slights, each offense more trivial than the last.

The lack of information is the easiest to comprehend, but very hard to fight once a person has adopted an emotional bond to their idea, however baseless. Only the harshest circumstance of reality can cause them to abandon their oh-so-pleasing fantasy, and then childish tantrums and chaos result. This is to be expected, because Reality is often harsh, and the number of people allowed to age without education and responsibility is rising.

So, I first offer a series of statements to fill some gaps. You can look things up yourself to confirm them; I hope that is your habit, and that you seek sources of information, not editorials. If you are offended, then you have an emotional stake in the issue. That interferes with reason. So:

  • A crime is an action specifically prohibited by a statute. Thus, there is no such thing as a “pre-crime”. Since criminals engage in wholly legal activity up to the very point they commit a crime, the intended victim is the only person who can defend against it. Police must always act after the fact, because until there is an act, there is no crime. The operative syllable in the term, “self-defense” is “self”.
  • No person can be prevented from a first offense.
  • Heat flows from hot to cold, and this does not depend on the “system” being “open” or “closed”.
  • Violating a law, rather than getting it changed, is how you start a process that gets you outrageous civil rights violations and unchecked police powers. We call the most pervasive case “the Drug War” now.
  • Steam is not the mist you see when your breath is chilled, nor is it air: it is gaseous H2O, and its minimum temperature depends on its pressure.
  • You may not possess cash of a denomination greater than $100, no matter what it says on it.
  • Electric cars are far more efficient in use than fossil fuel cars.
  • Plastic grocery bags are really cheaper to use and less of an impact on the environment than reusable bags, which is obvious if you know how they are made.
  • You will be told something to make you afraid because that is the best way to prevent you from thinking and to get money from you.
  • No public official may legally use their office to violate the Bill of Rights.
  • Every employer gains every penny used to pay rent, utilities, wages, salaries, and for new product from their customers. It costs an employer about 135% of the wages or salary of an employee to employ them.
  • Your personal satisfaction at the result of any election does not mean it was valid.
  • An audit has not been conducted if the same people were asked to verify their own results.
  • A gun uses chemicals derived from tree bark to propel bits of metal as directed by the person holding it, and it never does anything on its own.
  • Slavery is actually being practiced in a number of nations today.
  • You are not permitted to know that your vote was counted in any Presidential election because it was set up to be secret; it was feared that voters could be targeted for voting a particular way. This means that process manipulation can negate your vote.
  • Every police officer in the country speaks English. This is especially important when you meet one carrying a gun and they are issuing lawful orders.
  • Chemistry is an inherent part of all life and all manufacturing processes. In practice, accuracy of description is everything, because a spelling error will identify a completely different chemical.
  • The popular COVID-19 vaccines in use in 2022 DO NOT eradicate the virus, therefore they also do not prevent its transmission.
  • Crediting God™ for saving the child from the tornado simply excuses Him™ for the devastation and killing all over what’s left of that town.
  • Races do not condone crime or decide it is proper: cultures do.
  • Mathematics, like all languages, does not depend on skin color for any operations. It is the only language which can describe the unseen accurately.
  • Statistics is not only a real science, it is an inherent and essential part of all manufacturing and research processes.
  • Criminals ignore signs, rules and regulations every bit as easily as they do laws.
  • Your offense is never more precious or special than anyone else’s.
  • No expert is an authority just because of the label, “expert” or because of credentials. The expert’s ideas must stand on their own, the credential serving only to establish that said expert had the opportunity to learn. In fact the credentials should be suspect, as they indicate the degree of obligation to be correct.
  • Your fitness level will always be more important to you than to anyone else, no matter your age or how badly you hate being called out for a lack of it. Being overweight means fewer activities to enjoy and greater vulnerability to injury in accidents and criminal assault. A gut is no more attractive at 40 than it is at 15, because your appearance indicates how capable you may be.
  • The biological purpose of sex is to produce offspring, not to provide entertainment. Every attempt at contraception which fails is a mistake made by a responsible party, and only those who engage in sex are responsible for the consequences.
  • There is no such thing as an “exact” measurement. All measurement citations properly identify the thing used to make the measurement and the degree of confidence that the measurement is correct. Do not confuse this with a standard, which is a definition, not a measurement. In machine work, a clearance is a measurement, with uncertainty; a tolerance is a definition, of only one value.
  • “Diversity” actually means that people cannot possibly have the same abilities.
  • Things have been better and worse in our history. Americans died of starvation in the Great Depression; there were anti-aircraft missile sites in the USA until the late 1970s. Your situation is not at all new.
  • If you wish for the attention of a remarkable person, you must also be remarkable in some manner.
  • However it is encrypted or otherwise protected, data is not more secure just because it is handed to someone else. “Secure” does not just mean you don’t lose your data – it also means it is not released to anyone else.
  • Your belief in something does not have to be fully correct, and in fact it is not – it just has to give you enough utility to continue living. Others can take advantage of this.
  • The only way to prevent ID theft is to not be identified.
  • There is a reason commercial software is cheaper than custom software.
  • If you need to use deadly force, be sure that you know that after you fight the criminal, you will fight the State, which reserves deadly force for itself.
  • Every time you are subject to a rule, regulation or law for which the source cannot be identified, you will lose.
  • There are four fundamental forces which act on everything you can see or learn: magnetism, gravity, the weak nuclear force and the strong nuclear force. The universe has laws of physics which makes these forces responsible for how matter and time behave. They rule out “paranormal” phenomena as well as any physical effect of begging, however expressed, because they fully dictate which effects follow causes.
  • World population is made possible because of modern medicine and the use of fossil fuels in food delivery.
  • Insurance does not undo damages or injury in the slightest. Insurance companies can and do run out of funds, completely legally, when the scope of a disaster exceeds their payout capability, which consists of direct investment funds and their reserves, secondary funds typically invested in semi-liquid markets.
  • If all of the participants in an “insurance” program take funds or services from the program, it is no longer insurance, but a socialized benefits program. Actual insurance always includes part of the population which does not make a claim.
  • No right may demand the performance of or a contribution from another person. This is not lost on those who would have their definition of rights applied for their personal gain. Many people and entities deliberately distort and expand the definition of “rights” so that they may benefit monetarily from the confusion.
  • Every transaction of a dollar which is not made in return for goods or services devalues that dollar immediately.
  • School systems seek power and influence every bit as much as the most avaricious politician.
  • There is no such thing as “free”. The cost is just hidden from you, and market forces will bring the expense back around to you eventually.
  • Evidence consists of a consistent chain of observations which can be shown to have an exclusive relationship to the event of interest.
  • EBT, SNAP and other benefits/welfare programs take more money, by proportion, from the convenience store clerk near you than anyone in big business or government, and that money is taken from wage-earners under threat of force, by government agents, to buy votes.
  • The first rule of disease is that it sucks for someone. The second rule is that some are naturally immune.
  • The winner of a knife fight dies in the hospital, the loser having died on the street. Do not imagine that only guns are violent. Knives and guns are still only tools.
  • There is no group so diverse that a government agency will not lump them all together to get money and power.
  • The first duty of any organization is to preserve that organization, and its leaders will employ every tactic to see to its success. Your personal concerns will be second to any already recognized by the organization.
  • In any fight involving a weapon, control over the weapon becomes paramount and deadly, because deadly force is often the only way to stop the fight over that weapon.
  • Bans only prohibit the possession of a thing by some people, and only those who obey the law are affected.
  • Modern schools must deal with the fact that many of its teachers have never done anything but attend school. There are more administrators than teachers in colleges nationwide today.
  • Asset forfeiture, the process by which police seize your valuables on the premise that they were ill-gotten, has taken more from the American public than burglars annually since 2014.
  • Classical physics rules out most of the claims of conspiracy theorists, which are examples of why you should learn about classical physics.
  • The leaders of the most savage and corrupt governments on Earth are still wealthy.
  • The founding documents establishing the United States provided that you would run the country.
  • Nuclear warfare will be far more savage than you can imagine. You will have no warning, and no actions to take, because the first strike is too fast. If you see an American Navy destroyer in port firing missiles while tied to the pier, that’s likely your only signal. No video toy you play with represents this accurately. You will likely have no electricity, no fuel, and no food but what you can make yourself for a long time.
  • Any school which advocates or provides a “safe space” is blatantly lying, failing to prepare students for the real world – which has no such thing.
  • Declaring yourself or others wonderful by simple assertion is useless. The whole world wants to know what you can DO, not what you represent yourself to be, and they will tell you what you are worth in the marketplace.
  • If you offer or advertise something by word, appearance or attitude, you must expect observers to expect something from you based on your actions, and these observers are often stupid and selfish.
  • No employer owes you anything whatsoever other than full payment for your talents and effort – which you are actually selling to them.
  • Medicine works on physical biology, not opinion, even as there is debate about efficacy of treatment.
  • You can have trade, and thus an economy, without a government, but you cannot have a government without trade.
  • Laws are flatly not necessary until the many have been hurt by the few who misbehave.
  • Every measure to limit wealth has made things harder on the poor.
  • Government cannot give you anything it has not taken from someone else by force.
  • Governmental bodies routinely ignore existing law to pursue policies which promote their office – even the guys you voted for.
  • A corporation is an entity created to perform a particular function, has many features analogous to a person, and must act according to the charter it filed in its state of record. If you are not a stockholder or government authority, you have NO say in how it operates, including pay practices.
  • If you do nothing to correct a wrong, your indolence is not excused just because you didn’t know what to do. You did nothing. Speech or prayer is not action. Claiming to care does not provide relief.
  • Your personal hygiene will determine not only how others see you, but will determine how quickly and effectively others will render first aid.
  • The height of arrogance is assuming that you know everything about someone else, or their job.
  • Billions of successful people worldwide have never seen a Bible™ - or a Koran™.
  • Every item prohibited or confiscated by the TSA flew on every airline flight prior to 2001.
  • Since screening is not 100% effective (demonstrated by actual TSA testing), or even applied to all avenues of approach to any aircraft, there are several guns on airliners at any given moment.
  • There is a point where an increase in taxes decreases revenue. The ratio of planned income to actual income via taxation is graphed, and called the Laffer Curve.
  • There is no such thing as homeopathic gasoline or liquor.
  • Single motherhood is not a virtue, and acceptance of that status is the leading indicator of criminality in every culture it is found. Note that an indicator is not a cause.
  • A child who has not been taught to deal with their own neighborhood will likely not be successful upon leaving it.
  • Ritalin is often an antidote to being a small boy, and it can prevent the formation of an adult.
  • Neglected responsibilities extract payment through consequences which do not depend on other people to exist.
  • Leaders do not have to be nice people to be supremely effective.
  • Health care plans are often designed with someone other than the patient in mind.
  • Common definitions are not engineering or scientific definitions, which must mean the same thing, specifically, every time.
  • A theory is a detailed explanation of as many aspects of a phenomenon as can be expressed, not a guess.
  • The presence of a “rebate” means the item’s price is artificially inflated beforehand.
  • Probate is much more complicated upon the death of a loved one when there is no marriage certificate. The court may then keep assets for itself, no matter what you think.
  • Video and audio recording equipment is everywhere because millions have learned that lying, cheating and stealing for personal gain is completely acceptable.
  • The name of a nation, religion or reason is not a race.
  • Lowering standards does not produce better or more capable people.
  • There will always be a percentage of the population which cannot be employed – at all.
  • If you do not know how something is produced – a pound of beef, a peck of corn, a minute of airtime, a vote -- you are at the mercy of those who DO know, because they can alter it without your knowing.
  • No matter your level of training, aptitude, competence, intelligence or experience, there is an activist who wants to prohibit you from doing what you choose because they cannot do those things.
  • No matter what you have, be it possession or opinion or status or dignity, there is someone who thinks you should not have it, and in some cases they favor your punishment even as they have no experience of it.
  • There is no benefit to exposing yourself to ionizing radiation whatsoever, and you cannot build up any immunity to it. A cell phone does not produce ionizing radiation.
  • Information which does not come from its source is subject to manipulation for the presenter’s benefit.

 Examples of The Exercise of Poor Reasoning

  • Mistaking fiddling with a computer for real output
  • Having a child before providing a stable environment
  • Allowing children and adults to be treated in ways that would bring prison time if an animal was affected
  • Using the word, “liberal” to denote a person insisting on government mandates and regulations
  • Using the word, “conservative” to denote a person who thinks squandering natural resources is their entitlement
  • Believing handcuffs and other restrictions on you make you safer
  • Insisting that the only way for a woman to gain social significance is to act more like a man
  • Believing television shows the proper handling of firearms, the exercise of law or the use of any military equipment
  • Believing that lying, violence, child abuse or other misbehavior is only practiced by one gender
  • Accepting the idea that “the South” is where incest and ignorance abounds, when northern states also exhibit these behaviors with regularity
  • Thinking that someone intent on killing people will read a sign about any other law, rule or regulation
  • Thinking that after one law has failed to stop a criminal act, another law will do the trick
  • Thinking that extra time on tests and other performance measurements in training is reasonable for a job demanding time-critical effort in the field
  • Giggling about marijuana use, as the criminal enterprise that brings it to you kills people to do so
  • Destroying natural habitat by building homes and businesses, then claiming they are “green” structures
  • Thinking that “other” people or the police are responsible for your personal prosperity and welfare – that “they” should do for you what you will not do for yourself
  • Thinking that you know more about an historical figure, such as Robert E. Lee, than his opponents of that time - who actually knew him personally
  • Asserting that police cause crime / are responsible for protecting your person
  • Turning the other way when taxes collected from you are obliged to pay government workers’ pensions and unions
  • Assuming that the law is what you wish for, rather than what is spelled out
  • Assuming that law enforcement and the justice system actually adheres to the letter of the law
  • Assuming that calling the police will yield the result you want
  • Objecting that someone “took the law into his own hands”, seeing that court proceedings did not do what you wanted, then offering that if only YOU could take the law into YOUR hands, then that would be OK
  • Boycotting the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Atlanta because of Georgia’s Voter ID law, thus moving the game to Denver – which has Voter ID, a lower population of those claimed to be victimized by having to show ID, and which required photo ID to pick up tickets to the All-Star game
  • Insisting that voters having to present ID is racist, but having to present vaccination ID is not
  • Believing that your “participant” trophy has value
  • Thinking that your vote counts, when you cannot name where the record of your vote might be or the method by which it was counted
  • Making any claim about gun laws without even looking up Form 4473, a Federal requirement
  • Believing that you could never support or endure the atrocities found in history, having never noticed that those people also lived in the most modern society they knew and were sure that their ideas were right
  • Indebting yourself to a college for a program in a field without employment, when what should have happened is that you determined what job you wanted, THEN enrolled in courses to train you in that field
  • Thinking that you saw evidence on television, and being offended when shown otherwise
  • Failing to distinguish between editorial output and source information when forming opinion
  • Clamoring for a law or regulation which can then be applied to you
  • Believing that an American government official could never victimize his/her people, because “this is America”
  • Claiming that your political favorite can do {thing prohibited by the Constitution}, but shouting that his/her opponent doing the exact same thing should be jailed
  • Expressing an opinion without the reasoning behind it
  • Condoning drug use among “friends” and family while noting their gross failures
  • The federal government requires that no private vehicle be parked within 30 meters of an occupied Federal building at contractor facilities. Put in effect as a knee-jerk response to the events of 9/11, this ignores that attackers a) now have a clear running start to the building, b) government license plates are easy to steal, c) suicide bombers can just walk into the building, and d) in most cases, there are zero measures in place to even notice a suspicious vehicle, much less deal with one. So tens of thousands of government contractors walk another 30 meters for nothing – as the fuel truck can still go wherever it wants
  • A shooting occurred at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Activists insisted loudly that only the police and military should own guns, even as a Broward County deputy sat in his car with his guns and did nothing while this activists' classmates were being killed. Later, the same activists claimed that a requirement that backpacks be see-through was intrusive and a violation of their rights
  • Assuming great skill in driving cars or riding motorcycles without attending a single class which teaches what to do at speed
  • Claiming competence in a chosen field of employment or field of study other than the ones you trained for
  • Insisting that you have special status because you champion the cause of other people fully capable of speaking for themselves
  • Downloading an artist’s work without paying them and then wondering why they have put out so little work
  • Admiring an athlete, artist or other celebrity, often to the point of buying merchandise they endorse, without doing any of the things they did to succeed
  • Envying “the rich”, and/or crying for a public official to penalize “the rich”, rather than taking the same or similar steps they did to earn more
  • Calling a weapon “defensive” or “offensive”, when it is the user who determines the weapon’s usage
  • Insisting that race is a reason to exempt a person from obeying the law, then insisting that the same person is equal before the law
  • Paying tens of thousands of dollars for “health care” you do not use
  • Blaming an object (the car left the road, the gun went off, etc.) rather than the person who actually caused an incident
  • Believing a “statistic” cited by a public figure or media outlet without evaluating its validity
  • Claiming that bans on guns or nuclear weapons are reasonable and effective, yet teens having sex are completely uncontrollable
  • Clamoring for “women’s rights” while intentionally degrading the definition of “woman”

 


Sunday, April 21, 2019

The American Hoax is Called "Freedom"


Your freedom is being stolen from you, and you are not as free as you think.

Pay attention.

You have never thought about the Third Amendment to the Constitution, and so this is happening right under your nose. There isn’t any way to overstate this. Here’s how and why.

You know about the First Amendment, because you object immediately to anyone saying that you cannot speak. You know about the Second Amendment because of continuous arguments about guns. You know about the Fourth Amendment, sort of, because it’s disturbing to get searched by cops because you had a taillight out. You know about the Fifth Amendment because you hatehatehate that “those people” do not have to testify that they have broken the law. Obviously.

But you don’t care about the Third. Why not? Here’s what it says:
"No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

What was it meant to do?

The Third Amendment is intended to protect citizens' rights to the ownership and use of their property without intrusion by the government.

Well, then, where’s the problem? Nobody in the Army wants to live in my house!

It’s that “intrusion by the government”.
See, governments of any size DO have a vested interest in the existence and conduct of its citizens – this is why we have a Census, among other things – but there’s more.

Your information is constantly extracted from everything you do.

Where the presence of soldiers in your home in the 18th Century would suppress any ideas you might have about the proper conduct of government contrary to the status quo, the data mining made possible by networking makes it possible to anticipate and suppress ideas you might have before they are fully formed.

Take a look at this. Can you name who might have organized things such that the identical script was followed by dozens of television stations? Oh, sorry – did you actually trust that smiling face on your TV before I showed you that?
Are you trying to claim that your station, your favorite doesn’t say what others write for her? 

Please stop. You're being stupid.

Okay. It gets worse:

Have you thought about what happens if you don’t pay your taxes? In case you don’t want to say it, I will: if you don’t pay your taxes, the Sheriff of your county will come and forcibly remove you from your property. Your possessions, no matter how many or few, are yours – move them or lose them.
Well, what if you pay your taxes?
Check this case, Kelo v New London. The local government was induced to condemn the homes of local citizens who were completely up to date on their taxes AND who had no criminal record. Those people went to court and failed to keep their homes, as the ruling was that the city of New London acted properly in using eminent domain to force the transfer of private property to a development company. This company actually billed the people whose homes they would destroy for daring to live there during the time it took to go to court - and then the development company failed, leaving bare ground where homes once stood.

Yeah. Go all gooey listening to Lee Greenwood sing about how free you are. I can promise you that’s amusing to the tax man - and to others who have real power over you.

But hey – I’m not done. It gets better – and here’s where the 3rd, 4th and 5th Amendments all get trashed!
Look at the 4th Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

You have no opportunity whatsoever to exercise your rights in an occupied home, do you? You also have no opportunity to exercise them when you have volunteered all your information.
When you advertise probable cause for anything government might object to, why would the government even bother with your rights?

Simple.
They won’t.
And - they aren't.
 
The Internal Revenue Service is now being directed to examine transactions of just $600 and above. Yes - six hundred dollars. Even as this number may be changed in political jiggery-pokery, modern data collection methods make it possible to determine your household's tendencies with respect to accepting public policy - up to and including obeying the law.
Target, for Christ's sake, was and is able to tell if you have a family member who has tested positive on a pregnancy test - not by snooping, but by watching your purchase patterns.
 
You really have no idea how your information is collected, DO you?
 
Don't worry about the laws which exist now - think about the laws you were sure would never appear. Look around to see things already here, like police in schools and papers to travel.

What is next?