Sunday, November 11, 2018

11:00, 11/11/1918

Ladies and gentlemen: To our absent companions.

For the Fallen, Robert Laurence Binyon, 1914

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Recessional, Rudyard Kipling, 1897

God of our fathers, known of old,
   Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
   Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

The tumult and the shouting dies;
   The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
   An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called, our navies melt away;
   On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
   Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
   Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
   Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
   In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
   And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Get out and vote!

Today is election day.  Get out there and vote!

You may not have someone to vote for.  But you can always find a commie-pinko liberal-progressive Democrat to vote against.

Do you really want the entire country to be like Commiepornia?

Monday, November 5, 2018

New methane fuel cell

The source articles are here and here.  BLUF:  A new catalyst could make methane fuel cells worth the effort.  It breaks down the methane into hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which when combined with free oxygen, produces a current.  It also produces water and carbon dioxide.

Of course, if you just burned the methane directly, it would also produce energy, carbon dioxide, and water.  You just confine the combustion in some sort of chamber.  If only we had a set of efficient designs for this sort of thing.  We could call it an internal combustion chamber!  And it could be used to turn a rotor to produce electricity!

Efficiency and simplicity are things, people.  If you have the methane, you already have a power source.  CH4 + 2xO2 => CO2 + 2xH2O

Oddly enough, the new fuel cell (with catalyst) will input CH4 + 2xO2, and output CO2 + 2xH2O.  If your inputs are the same, and your outputs are the same, the total energy production cannot increase.  All you can hope for is an increase in the efficiency of the engine design.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Quantum Computing

Let me state this right up front - quantum computing is a boondoggle.  I won't go so far as to say it's a scam, because we're talking about true believers here.

Quantum computing is nothing more than analog computing.  Yes, you read that correctly.
You can replicate the performance of a quantum computer with hydraulics.  This has already been done.

The best current quantum computers act as nothing more than random number generators.  You can do this with a microphone for ambient noise, or an antenna to detect cosmic rays.

You can perfectly replicate an entangled particle pair with a random bit generator and a NOT gate.  This is all that quantum computing has to offer us.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Shadowstats and the real inflation rate

Did you know the real rate of inflation is around 9%, and has been for two decades?

The government has been lying about the rate of inflation since 1983.  They doubled down on the lies in 1987.  And again in 1993.

Go check out Shadow Stats.  They have all kinds of charts showing the true nature of the economy.  How do they do this?  Simple!  They just use the techniques the government used to use to report economic activity. 

Another example:  The government recently reported unemployment at 3.7%.  Hooray!  Except, it's not.  The real rate of unemployment is 21.3%.

Don't believe them?  The price of a new, base option Ford F150 pickup truck has increased 211% over the last 13 years.  Do the math.  That's 9% inflation almost exactly.

Many people's wages are related to the government computed Consumer Price Index - the official rate of inflation.  Social Security checks are, too.  When the real rate of inflation is triple the official rate, you lose money every year - at an increasing rate.

People wonder why they are getting raises, but getting poorer at the same time.  This is why.  Well, that and the recession the country has been in since late 2000.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Witch hunts

The great thing about a witch hunt is that witches, being imaginary, can be hunted forever.  This gives the hunters great power, as long as they can "keep us the skeer."  See, e.g., PoundMeToo, "I'm just glad we ruined Bret Kavanaugh's life," “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about.”

The actual, historical witch hunts were fights between the early Protestant and established Catholic churches.  They were directly purging others, or showing that they could protect their people from the Devil better than that other church could, by burning more witches.  The "little ice age" crop failures and famines were good excuses to look for witches.

So, in essence, the witch hunts were the religious version of the crack wars.  New opportunities open, various syndicates fight over territory.  Murders spike.  Eventually, the territories settle down and the factions come to agreements over boundaries.  The murders drop.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kevin is back at The Smallest Minority

Kevin's latest uberpost.  This one's about the sorry state of education in the USA, and how it was deliberately, and with malice aforethought, made to be this way.

Go read it, if you care about the future at all.